TITLE

HUMAN DIGNITY: A NATURALISTIC PERSPECTIVE

AUTHOR(S)
Friedell, Morris F.
PUB. DATE
August 1983
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Aug83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p272
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article argues that human capacity to transcend conditioning and affirm human dignity could be reconciled with naturalism. Human dignity is one of the most important concepts in social thought. It is a basis for human rights and an important part of the human potential to create a world-order respecting human rights. Human dignity refers to an inner worth everyone is supposed to have, great in value though seldom clearly manifest in behavior. Dignity has overtones of integrity and spiritual nobility. According to the author, human beings are part of the nature not something contrasted with nature, and human behavior is caused exclusively by heredity, environment, and chance. Naturalism does not imply the cynical mechanicism, but the humility, serenity and tolerance. It can easily seem to be incompatible with the freedom and idealism involved in human dignity. As a stepping-stone to the explication of human dignity, author constructs a naturalistic model of self-transcendence based on accounts of conversion and repentance.
ACCESSION #
11714575

 

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