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Dignity’s Due

posted on October 24, 2013

Samuel Moyn at The Nation discusses the rekindling of dignity as the foundation for social justice in political ethics and its history. “Today, human dignity is a principle chiefly for those who admire judges and want them to have the power to check the state in the name of basic humanitarian values,” he writes. “A consensus about dignity may have become deep enough for us to insist that the state not torture, but it has proved far less helpful when some of us insist that our fellow humans care about one another’s broader welfare or collective emancipation. Isn’t that undignified?”

Read at The Nation