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Human Dignity
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I. Historical Background – II. Theology

I. Historical Background

1. Important terminology of modern legal culture was formed in antiquity: natural law , freedom , equality , justice , etc. Some terms, however, appeared in a different context in antiquity, or were less central and widespread than in the modern period. This is true of human rights (ius humanum), freedom of religion (libertas religionis), person (persona; self), as well as human dignity (dignitas hominis; dignity, dignity of life). The latter …

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Cancik, Hubert and Herms, Eilert, “Human Dignity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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