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Cottingham, John (2013) Dignity, Autonomy and Embodiment. In: Jonkers, Peter, Sarot, Marcel, (eds.) Embodied Religion : Proceedings of the 2012 Conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion. Utrecht: Ars Disputandi, pp. 181-196. [Book section]

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    The inalienable dignity of all human beings is independent of circumstances, capacities, or qualifications. Kantian autonomy (construed as the rational will, or the ability to exercise it) cannot ground such a notion. The roots of universal human dignity are more plausibly traced to the Judaeo-Christian worldview in which God loves all his children equally, despite their vulnerability and weakness. To mature morally is to come to realize that we gain nothing by insisting on our status, or ‘standing on our dignity’; we should recognize instead the dependency we share with all our neighbours.

    Item Type: Book section
    Keywords: dignity, autonomy, Kant, embodiment, love, God, location, neighbour, vulnerability
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Vicky Rowley
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 17:09
    Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 17:09
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2299

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