Heeding human dignity's call: C Dupré, The Age of Dignity (Hart 2015)

Natasa Mavronicola

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Bob Dylan famously searched high and low for it and left us wondering ‘what it’s gonna take’ to find it. These days, the elusive dignity – and her equally, if not more, elusive cousin human dignity – has captured the imagination of not just the poet and philosopher, but also, in light of its increasing prominence in an array of legal contexts, the legal scholar. Catherine Dupré’s The Age of Dignity comes at a high point in (human) dignity scholarship, with the publication of numerous texts in the English language emerging on the subject, and with interest in it looking unlikely to dissipate any time soon. In this review, I consider (human) dignity’s promise and pitfalls as it transpires in Dupré’s wide-ranging and ambitious monograph.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-737
Number of pages14
JournalLegal Studies
Issue number4
Early online date20 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Philosophy


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