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Dignity: A History

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2018.01.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Remy Debes (ed.), Dignity: A History, Oxford University Press, 2017, 408pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199286000. Reviewed by Y. Michael Barilan, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University Dignity is one of the building blocks of our human abstract vocabulary. Like love, friendship, hope and faith, it is a cluster concept (philosophically) and a very thick concept (anthropologically) whose nebulous core is ubiquitous in all known human cultures. At a certain moment in the history of ideas, dignity became attached to "humanity", and acquired a foundational moral value. It happened in the Jewish Bible and in Stoic philosophy. Christianity taught that original sin blemished human dignity and that only Christian grace offers some restoration. For many centuries, this move rendered dignity or Imago Dei irrelevant as a moral property of all humans. People were expected to behave with dignity and to accept the. . .

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