On ‘aristocratic’ dignity

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In his recent book, Andrea Sangiovanni raises various objections against what he calls the ‘aristocratic’ conception of dignity – the idea that dignity represents a kind of high-ranking social status. In this short article, I suggest that Sangiovanni gives the aristocrats less credit than they deserve. Not only do his objections target an uncharitably narrow version of the view: Sangiovanni surreptitiously incorporates aspects of the aristocratic conception of dignity into his own (supposedly non-dignitarian) theory of moral equality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Theory
VolumeOnline First
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2019


  • Human dignity
  • Humiliation
  • Moral equality
  • Political philosophy
  • Social status

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