Human dignity is a founding notion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose sixtieth anniversary is to be commemorated in 2008 by the United Nations. The Declaration's moral, legal, political and philosophical ramifications run deep, but much remains to be understood about its historical roots, its role in the history of different religions and cultural traditions, and its relationship to human rights. Moreover, the current debates on international justice and bioethics are giving rise to frequent misgivings as to its implications and meaning.
The aim of the conference "Pathways of Human Dignity: From Cultural Traditions to a New Paradigm" is to establish further research needs from the angles of different disciplines: to consider the issues of human dignity in light of religious and philosophical traditions, scientific ethics, the history of Human Rights; sociological findings, and international justice. Special sessions are devoted to contemporary problems. UNESCO features two guest speakers: Mireille Delmas-Marty (France) and Peiming Ni (China).
This conference closes the cycle of workshops that were launched jointly on the eve of UNESCO's 60th anniversary by the European Science Foundation, the International Union of Academies, the International Social Science Council, the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, the Institute for Catalan Studies , the Netherlands Research School for Practical Philosophy and UNESCO.
This event has been organized by the University of Linköping and Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute.