On the care of human dignity: From archon to anthropos. Gaymon. Bennett

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On the care of human dignity: From archon to anthropos. by Gaymon. Bennett
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On the Care of Human Dignity analyzes the ways in which human dignity has become integral to contemporary political, ecclesial, and ethical thought and practice. Focusing on three exemplary cases---the Vatican, the United Nations, and the PresidentsMoreOn the Care of Human Dignity analyzes the ways in which human dignity has become integral to contemporary political, ecclesial, and ethical thought and practice.

Focusing on three exemplary cases---the Vatican, the United Nations, and the Presidents Council on Bioethics---the dissertation outlines the pragmatic and conceptual work of reconfiguration and highlights its significance.-Since the middle of the 20th century, a diverse set of theologians, humanitarians, and ethicists have enshrined human dignity as the defining object of care and concern. Despite differences in scale, duration, and scope, these actors took up the common challenge of constituting responses to a demand for a mode and form of power calibrated to human dignity.

In each case, human dignity was formulated as a uniquely worthwhile object of concern- and in each case, the problem was how to design an art of caring for such a worthwhile object. Significantly, this work was not uniquely philosophical. Rather, it consisted in confronting the more difficult challenge of inventing institutions capable of facilitating the care of human dignity.-On the Care of Human Dignity shows how concerned actors confronted this pragmatic and institutional challenge by conceiving of human dignity as archonic, i.e.

primordial, immanent, and self-justifying. The dissertation also shows that, conceived as archonic, human dignity authorizes a particular mode of intervention---a protectionist mode---as uniquely appropriate, unequivocal, and urgent. One of the dissertations core claims is that this turn to a protectionist mode can be characterized as a contemporary reconfiguration of classical pastoral power.-The dissertation argues that the formulation of human dignity as archonic, and the invention of political, ecclesial, and ethical practices and institutions appropriate to it, constitute a distinctive event in the history of relations between truth and power, an event whose significance and critical limitations remain under-defined and insufficiently analyzed.

The dissertation proposes that human dignity is best understood as a contemporary reformulation of the question of political spirituality: how should power be exercised, in which venues, and by whom, and, above all, according to which understandings of the human condition and the human good?



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