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Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 102: Human Rights and Dignity

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Human Rights and Dignity
Human rights and dignity

Human rights and dignity are central normative notions of contemporary politics as well as political and ethical theories. However, they have not had this role for a long period of time, as the main development of these concepts began only during the Age of Enlightenment. During the previous 60 years, their influence can be said to be of global importance. On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Yet, there are traces of both notions in ancient and medieval thought, and this chapter will trace their roots and historical development and make inferences concerning potential future challenges concerning them.

Concepts of Rights

Article I of the ...

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