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Volume 27, Issue 2


Nature of dignity and human dignity

Vasil Gluchman
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  • Institute of Ethics and Bioethics, University of Presov 17. novembra 1 08078 Prešov, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2017-04-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2017-0012


This paper argues that the concept of dignity should be understood as a concept that we use to describe an aggregate of values and qualities of a person or thing that deserves esteem and respect. The primary value that creates the right to have dignity is life. The degree of dignity a life form has depends on its place in the evolutionary scale. Human beings are the highest form of life so they possess the highest degree of dignity.

Key words: dignity; life; human life; human dignity

1This article is a part of the VEGA 1/0629/15 Ethics of Social Consequences in the Context of Contemporary Ethical Theories project.


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Published Online: 2017-04-29

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Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 131–144, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2017-0012.

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