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Human Dignity - A Way of Living

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Informationen zum Autor Peter Bieri was born in Bern in 1944. He studied philosophy and classical philology and was Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld, Marburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. Klappentext Dignity is humanity's most prized possession. We experience the loss of dignity as a terrible humiliation: when we lose our dignity we feel deprived of something without which life no longer seems worth living. But what exactly is this trait that we value so highly?In this important new book, distinguished philosopher Peter Bieri looks afresh at the notion of human dignity. In contrast to most traditional views, he argues that dignity is not an innate quality of human beings or a right that we possess by virtue of being human. Rather, dignity is a certain way to lead one's life. It is a pattern of thought, experience and action - in other words, a way of living.In Bieri's account, there are three key dimensions to dignity as a way of living. The first is the way I am treated by others: they can treat me in a way that leaves my dignity intact or they can destroy my dignity. The second dimension concerns the way that I treat other people: do I treat them in a way that allows me to live a dignified life? The third dimension concerns the view that I have of myself: which ways of seeing and treating myself allow me to maintain a sense of dignity? In the actual flow of day-to-day life these three dimensions of dignity are often interwoven, and this accounts in part for the complexity of the situations and experiences in which our dignity is at stake.So, why did we invent dignity and what role does it play in our lives? As thinking and acting beings, our lives are fragile and constantly under threat. A dignified way of living, argues Bieri, is humanity's way of coping with this threat. In our constantly endangered lives, it is important to stand our ground with confidence. Thus a dignified way of living is not any way of living: it is a particular way of responding to the existential experience of being under threat. It is also a particular way of answering the question: What kind of life do we wish to live?This beautifully written reflection on our most cherished human value will be of interest to a wide readership. Zusammenfassung Dignity is humanity's most prized possession. We experience the loss of dignity as a terrible humiliation: when we lose our dignity we feel deprived of something without which life no longer seems worth living. Inhaltsverzeichnis Introduction: Dignity as a way of living1. Dignity as autonomyBeing a subjectBeing an end in itselfSlaughterhousesWhat if it is voluntary?Humiliation as demonstrated powerlessnessEscaping to an inner fortressHaving rightsBeing patronizedCaring paternalismRespect for alterity and convictionDependence: asking and beggingBegging for feelingsInner autonomy: thoughtInner autonomy: wanting and decidingInner autonomy: emotionsInner autonomy: self-image and censorshipHumiliation through serfdomAutonomy through self-knowledgeNeeding therapyDignity through workMoney2. Dignity as encounterWhen subjects encounter each otherCommitment and distancingRecognitionEqual rightsPutting someone on displaySex objectsHuman commodityNeglectTalk to me!Laughing at someoneDenying explanationManipulationDeceptionSeductionOverpoweringWorking with a therapistNo pity, thank you!Encounters between autonomous individualsLeaving an open future to the otherDignified partings3. Dignity as respect for intimacyThe dual need for intimacyFeeling the other's gazeWhat is a defect?The logic of shameShame as humiliationDignity as conquered shameThe intimate spaceThe innermost zoneDignified disclosuresUndignified disclosuresShared intimacyBetrayed intimacy as lost dignityA challenge: Intimacy as a lack of courage4. Dignity as truthfulnessLying to othersLying to oneselfHonesty and its limitsCalling things by ...

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Authors P Bieri, Peter Bieri, Diana Siclovan
Assisted by Diana Siclovan (Translation)
Publisher Wiley, John and Sons Ltd
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 30.12.2016
EAN 9780745689012
ISBN 978-0-7456-8901-2
No. of pages 300
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Philosophy
Non-fiction book > Philosophy, religion > Philosophy: antiquity to present day

Ethik, Philosophie, Ethics, Philosophy, Spezialthemen Philosophie, Philosophy Special Topics, Philosophie des 20. Jhd., 20th Century Philosophy

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