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  1. Human dignity in Asia : dialogue between law and culture

    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022

    "The concept of human dignity, as one commentator observes, is "here, there, and everywhere" in contemporary human rights discourse. Its prominence, however, has generated ever more controversies in recent years. The contemporary debate is driven by the paradoxical prominence and elusiveness of this concept in judicial interpretation. Its meaning is notoriously hard to pin down, as manifested on easy appropriation by both sides of such controversies as abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and other heated issues in bioethics"--Using interdisciplinary methods, this book is a pioneering exploration of Asian understandings of human dignity and human rights. It encompasses rigorous scrutiny of dignity jurisprudence in major Asian apex courts, detailed philosophical analysis of dignity in religious traditions, and contextualized socio-political analysis of religious dignity discourse in several Asian societies. This is an innovative systematic survey of how human dignity is understood in Asia, demonstrating how those understandings converge and diverge with other parts of the world. Synthesising legal, philosophical, and sociological expertise, this volume furthers the dialogue between Asia and the West, and advances debates on whether human rights are universal or particular to any one region. As many of the world's liberal democracies are challenged by polarization and populism, this comparative study of human dignity broadens our horizons and offers a potential alternative to a rigidified social imagination.

  2. Human dignity in Asia : dialogue between law and culture

    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022.

    "The concept of human dignity, as one commentator observes, is "here, there, and everywhere" in contemporary human rights discourse. Its prominence, however, has generated ever more controversies in recent years. The contemporary debate is driven by the paradoxical prominence and elusiveness of this concept in judicial interpretation. Its meaning is notoriously hard to pin down, as manifested on easy appropriation by both sides of such controversies as abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and other heated issues in bioethics"--Using interdisciplinary methods, this book is a pioneering exploration of Asian understandings of human dignity and human rights. It encompasses rigorous scrutiny of dignity jurisprudence in major Asian apex courts, detailed philosophical analysis of dignity in religious traditions, and contextualized socio-political analysis of religious dignity discourse in several Asian societies. This is an innovative systematic survey of how human dignity is understood in Asia, demonstrating how those understandings converge and diverge with other parts of the world. Synthesising legal, philosophical, and sociological expertise, this volume furthers the dialogue between Asia and the West, and advances debates on whether human rights are universal or particular to any one region. As many of the world's liberal democracies are challenged by polarization and populism, this comparative study of human dignity broadens our horizons and offers a potential alternative to a rigidified social imagination.

    Online Cambridge University Press

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