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Chak Kwan Chan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344311

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.001.0001

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Rationality, sociability and human dignity

Rationality, sociability and human dignity

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(p.13) Two Rationality, sociability and human dignity
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Human dignity and welfare systems
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Chak Kwan

Graham Bowpitt

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.003.0002

This chapter argues that the dignity of humans can be found in one's possession of intrinsic capacities that strive for autonomy and mutuality. It is stressed that human nature is a combination of basic ‘humanness’ and the development of such capacities comes via supportive and interdependent human relationships. It shows that one should not treat others as a means, but rather as an end, in order for them to develop their potential. The social nature of people should be realised through ‘social participation’, which is all about the fulfilment of one's caring duties and the enhancement of his social relationships.

Keywords:   autonomy, mutuality, human nature, humanness, human relationships, social nature, social participation, social relationships

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