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Human Flourishing, Human Dignity, and Human Rights


Rather than treating them as discrete and incommensurable ideas, we sketch some connections between human flourishing and human dignity, and link them to human rights. We contend that the metaphor of flourishing provides an illuminating aspirational framework for thinking about human development and obligations, and that the idea of human dignity is a critical element within that discussion. We conclude with some suggestions as to how these conceptions of human dignity and human flourishing might underpin and inform appeals to human rights.

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Correspondence to John Kleinig.

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Kleinig, J., Evans, N.G. Human Flourishing, Human Dignity, and Human Rights. Law and Philos 32, 539–564 (2013).

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