Human Flourishing, Human Dignity, and Human Rights

John Kleinig, Nicholas Evans

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    Abstract

    Rather than treating them as discrete and incommensurable ideas, we sketch some connections between human flourishing and human dignity, and link them to human rights. We contend that the metaphor of flourishing provides an illuminating aspirational framework for thinking about human development and obligations, and that the idea of human dignity is a critical element within that discussion. We conclude with some suggestions as to how these conceptions of human dignity and human flourishing might underpin and inform appeals to human rights.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)539-561
    Number of pages23
    JournalLaw and Philosophy
    Volume32
    Issue number5
    Early online date2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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