The Nature of Dignity

The Nature of Dignity

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The Nature of Dignity argues that, given what evolutionary biology tells us about human nature, we need a new understanding of what is involved in the exhibition of personal dignity, since Kant and other Enlightenment figures whose ideas of dignity have shaped our own were wrong in several of their key assumptions. The required new conception of dignity is then developed on the basis of insights gleaned from history, political-economics, literature, film, hermeneutical ethics, and evolutionary biology.
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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124080
  • 9780739124086

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The Nature of Dignity is dedicated to an inquiry about what Ron Bontekoe calls achieved dignity, the dignity that lies in what we've made of ourselves, not just in the mere fact of our humanity. The philosophy here is richly informed by an extensive interdisciplinary approach that challenges many of the old platitudes about dignity. It should breathe life into an important concept. -- George W. Harris, College of William and Mary The Nature of Dignity by Ron Bontekoe is a moving treatment of an important topic. It informs and offers much to ponder. -- Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University A sustained analysis of the eclipse of the concept of human dignity by Enlightenment thought and its' deepening in post-Enlightenment corporate capitalist societies...The book develops the argument that dignity as virtue has a conceptually strong relationship to the pursuit of the regulative ideals of truth and justice. Metapsychology Online Reviews
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About Ron Bontekoe

Ron Bontekoe is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Dignity in Eclipse Part 2 The Nature of Dignity: A Preliminary Inquiry Part 3 Implications of Human Finitude Part 4 Tragedy and Sacrifice Part 5 Dignity and the Struggle for Survival: Evolutionary Biology Part 6 Dignity and the Struggle for Survival: Political Economics Part 7 Why Embrace the Regulative Ideals?
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