In Pursuit of Human Dignity

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The discussion of human dignity raises such complex issues, and the issues that current scholarship now considers central to its understanding are so daunting, that we are in danger of not being able to see the forest for the trees. This Introduction forms the first chapter of a book of essays (Christopher McCrudden (ed.), UNDERSTANDING HUMAN DIGNITY,
Proceedings of the British Academy/Oxford University Press, in press) by a multi-disciplinary group of historians, legal academics, judges, political scientists, theologians, and philosophers, arising from a Conference held in Rhodes House, Oxford In June 2012. The Introduction aims to provide a guide, a map, through the thicket of current dignity scholarship. It situates the subsequent chapters of the book within an overview of the terrain that currently constitutes debates about the use of dignity in these fields. I have not attempted to put forward my own
comprehensive account of dignity. Mostly based on the rich conversations that took place at the Conference, I have sought, rather, to probe the potential strengths and weaknesses of all of the principal positions identified, at least in some contexts taking on the role of a Devil’s Advocate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Human Dignity
EditorsChristopher McCrudden
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages42
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-726564-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the British Academy
PublisherOxford University Press


  • human rights, human dignity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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