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A Concept of Dignity


In this lecture, presented at a German-Israeli conference on Dignity and the Criminal Law held in Jerusalem in January 2009, I track the idea of human dignity to its two main sources, the Old Testament notion of Imago Dei and Kant’s doctrine of the noumenal self. I then draw some implications that the provenance of dignity, so understood, has on the use of this concept in a number of contemporary debates.

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