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Plea for Human Dignity

Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru ()
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Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru: ‘Timotheus’ Brethren Theological Institute of Bucharest, Romania

Scientia Moralitas Journal, 2016, vol. 1, issue 1, 29-43

Abstract: Dignity highlights value, honesty, moral merits, the degree of appreciation as well as a person’s rank in society. In Christian teaching, human dignity is regarded as a divine gift that whatever the circumstances in which the person lives, takes God’s given Model as an example of life and attitude. Term form of dignity in a society can also be understood as the autonomy and freedom of thought as well as the behavior of an individual. Human dignity is very much linked to the sense of honor because a worthy man always inspires respect both to himself and to those around him, to his values and the values of others. Thus, the term dignity means the quality to be worthy, prestige, moral authority, dignified attitude, greatness, and self–esteem. When talking about the esteem granted to a person we must understand the respect and consideration for human worth and dignity of each person in itself. Dignity cannot be represented without honesty, responsibility, fairness, courage, duty, honesty, etc., values which it integrates. The disregard of the human being, regardless of the reasons from which it springs, brings damages to human dignity, and as such must be regarded as inhuman and reprehensible acts. Human dignity requires the credit or trust that should be given to each person.

Keywords: worth; dignity; human condition; humanistic conceptions; virtue; honesty; respect; responsibility; moral authority (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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