Human dignity as an essentially contested concept

  title={Human dignity as an essentially contested concept},
  author={P. A. Rodriguez},
  journal={Cambridge Review of International Affairs},
  pages={743 - 756}
  • P. Rodriguez
  • Published 20 April 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Cambridge Review of International Affairs
This article argues that the concept of human dignity is better understood as an essentially contested concept. Following Walter Bryce Gallie's original definition of essential contestability in 1956 and the subsequent additions made by several authors over the years, it argues that describing human dignity in such terms helps to explain not only the theoretical disagreements about the concept, but also its current place within the international legal regime. The essentially contested concept… 
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