The paper will consider the common claim that human rights are based on human dignity as a foundational value. I will make some criticisms of that idea, arguing instead that dignity is a status that comprises fundamental human rights rather than being a value that functions as a major premise of rights claims.
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dignity, foundationalism, human rights, rights, status, UDHR
Waldron, Jeremy J., "Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights?" (2013). New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers. Paper 374.