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Social Thought and Rival Claims to the Moral Ideal of Dignity

By Philip Hodgkiss

An examination of the reasons behind the ambiguous status of the idea and ideal of dignity.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781783087846
April 2018 | 250 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6
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About This Book

The relation between changes in society over historical time and the concomitant transformation of a concept that depicts something of intrinsic value in that society is complex and contingent. ‘Social Thought and Rival Claims to the Moral Ideal of Dignity’ attempts to see if we can get any closer to a rounded, three-dimensional view of dignity by drawing on the historical record, on philosophy and social thought more widely and, finally, on contributions that present dignity in a rather more public and political light. In thus tracing the fortunes of human dignity we find that it has not always been viewed as a straightforwardly laudable principle. The idea and ideal of dignity now appears to have quite an ambiguous status in social thought and this title explores the reasons lying behind that particular development.

Readership: Although quite obviously an academic text, a book of this nature should attract a more general readership alongside specialist academics and their students.

Author Information

Philip Hodgkiss is a sociologist who has been drawn increasingly to moral philosophy and ethics to research the origins of the idea and ideal of dignity.

Table of Contents

Preface and Note on Text Structure; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: The Distinction of Dignity; 2. Dignity, Freedom and Reason – From Ancient Greece to Early Modernity; 3. The Sense of Dignity in Moral Philosophy – From the Ethical Intuitionists to the Irrationalists; 4. Marx’s Critique of Morality – Natural Law, the State and Citizenship; 5. Classical Sociology’s Regard for Human Dignity; 6. The Human Face of Dignity Reflected in Phenomenol ogy and Existentialism; 7. Fresh Terms for Dignity Attending the Frankfurt School (Both ‘Old’ and ‘Young’); 8. Notes Sampling Research and Practice: Making Dignity Work; Making Dignity Care; 9. The Slighting of Dignity – The Critics Charter; 10. Conclusion: After the Recognition of Dignity; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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