Fundamental Rights and Human Dignity
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Francisco Javier Ansuategui Roig
The connection between rights and the concept of human dignity works,
basic but not exclusively, in the scope of founding the rights and in the development of
a theory of justice. This paper addresses the difficulties of the concept of dignity and
the need to avoid seeing it as an empty formula. The connection with the Kantian
autonomy is an essential reference. From there, within the framework of a secular and
anthropocentric discourse, are identified some consequences that a particular
understanding of the meaning of dignity for the theory of rights has currently, such as
those related to animal rights, bioethics, disability rights or the concept of universality
Anthropocentrism, Dignity, Individual, Rights.
‘Bartolome de las Casas’ Human Rights Institute, Carlos III University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.