Communal Dignity: Toward a Counterbalance of Individual Dignity for Human Rights and Peace

Location: Jepson Room 127
Date: Sat, April 21
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The concept of human dignity has influenced human rights efforts for decades. The word dignity has been used much more broadly since WWII, beginning with the Universal Human Rights Declaration. However, the global community still faces mass violence. One reason behind the failure to employ dignity in a way that curtails violence may be an overuse of the largely-used Western understanding of dignity, which focuses mostly on the individual and neglects the interconnected whole or communal dignity. After exploring the foundations of individual dignity, this paper presentation explores a counterbalance needed in human rights in non-western communal notions of dignity.

Paper Presentation