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Dimensions of Dignity

The Moral Importance of Being Human


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Problem and Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 3-7
    3. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 8-29
  3. Direct Importance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 33-48
    3. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 49-72
    4. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 73-90
    5. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 91-103
    6. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 104-126
    7. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 127-165
    8. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 166-190
  4. Indirect Importance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Dan Egonsson
      Pages 196-218
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-256

About this book


Is membership of our species important in itself, or is it just important to have the properties that a normal grown-up human being has? A value subjectivist may argue for a special human value proceeding from the assumption that most of us believe or sense that being human is something important per se and independently of, for instance, those properties that form the basis of personhood. This allows all human beings to have a share in this value. Other attempts to defend a principle of human dignity fail in this respect and are criticized in this book. The book is intended for philosophers with a general interest in moral philosophy or ethics, and more specifically axiological, animal and medical ethics.


Pet enology ethics human beings medical ethics moral philosophy morality philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dimensions of Dignity
  • Book Subtitle The Moral Importance of Being Human
  • Authors D. Egonsson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5068-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6088-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-4974-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 256
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ontology
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