Human Dignity: A Way of Living

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2017.12.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Bieri, Human Dignity: A Way of Living, Diana Siclovan (tr.), Polity, 2017, 245pp., $29,95 (hbk), ISBN 9780745689012. Reviewed by Jan-Willem van der Rijt, University of Bayreuth Peter Bieri examines dignity not, as is often the case in contemporary philosophical literature, as an inherent property that all human beings are thought to possess simply by virtue of their being human, but as a lived experience. Thus, the subject of this book is not the type of dignity that is frequently regarded as, for instance, the basis of human rights, but the kind of dignity that we refer to when we say that someone has "comported herself with great dignity" in the way she handled a challenging situation, or has "thrown away his dignity" by performing a contemptible act. The book is concerned with the type of dignity that can be lost, destroyed, but also regained through the... Read More

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