On the idea of intrinsic human worth

Hinchliffe, Geoffrey (2020) On the idea of intrinsic human worth. Ethics and Education, 15 (3). pp. 300-314. ISSN 1744-9642

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This paper argues that the idea of intrinsic worth encompasses all human beings, no matter how they are circumstanced. This concept needs to be understood transcendentally, not prescriptively. These terms are explained, with particular reference to Kant. It also argues that discourses of identity and recognition can best be understood through the idea of human worth. The paper suggests that human worth cannot be explicitly defined but needs to be expressed indirectly through signs and gestures. One way of doing this is through the invocation of sympathy and to this end a version of Hume’s account of sympathy is presented. The paper concludes with some remarks as to how ‘human intrinsic worth’ might be incorporated into pedagogy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intrinsic worth,identity,recognition,kant,sympathy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Higher Education and Society
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Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 00:28
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75518
DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2020.1774717


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