Connecting three generations of critical theorists, this edited collection focuses on the mutual complementarity between the concept of "human dignity" and the theory and practice of human rights.

Human dignity has recently emerged as a controversial theme in the philosophy of human rights and has become the subject of a growing debate involving theological, political, juridical, moral, and biomedical perspectives. Previously, interpretations of this concept took for granted specific definitions of this term without accounting for the perspective offered by a "Critical Theory of Human Rights." This interdisciplinary perspective relies on a tradition that goes from Immanuel Kant to Jürgen Habermas, influences new generations, and sheds more light on how human dignity is used (and abused) in contemporary discourses. Based on this tradition, the contributors sustain an engaged discussion of the topic and address issues such as domination, colonialism, multiculturalism, globalization, and cosmopolitanism. Informed by different contexts, each author offers a unique contribution to distinctive aspects of the necessary internal correlation between human dignity and human rights.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in human rights in Europe, North America, and Latin America and readers in the areas of political science, philosophy, sociology, law, and international relations.

chapter 1|23 pages

Human dignity in the perspective of a Critical Theory of Human Rights

ByAmos Nascimento, Matthias Lutz-Bachmann

chapter 2|18 pages

Human dignity as a path to modernity in Ficino and Pico della Mirandola?

ByAndreas Niederberger

chapter 3|10 pages

Human rights and human dignity

ByMatthias Lutz-Bachmann

chapter 4|19 pages

The concept of human dignity and the realistic utopia of human rights

ByJürgen Habermas

chapter 5|13 pages

The ground of critique

On the concept of human dignity in social orders of justification
ByRainer Forst

chapter 6|21 pages

Should we take the “human” out of human rights?

Human dignity in a corporate world
ByCristina Lafont

chapter 7|20 pages

Dignity, communicative freedom, and law

ByEduardo Mendieta

chapter 8|31 pages

Human dignity and plurality in justifications of human rights

ByAmos Nascimento