The Nature of Dignity

Author: Ron Bontekoe

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739132644

Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

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The Nature of Dignity is a highly interdisciplinary work of philosophy that focuses primarily on the form of dignity (or nobility of demeanor) that individuals exhibit to varying degrees, rather than the form of dignity that we tend to presume we always already possess simply by virtue of being human. The book contends that the Enlightenment assumptions that have traditionally been appealed to in elucidating our conceptions of human dignity are no longer tenable_most importantly because of what we know about evolutionary biology, but also in light of certain dominant strains in modern political-economic theory. The book argues that, nonetheless, dignity is a value to which we should remain committed, and offers a new set of conceptual underpinnings with which to replace the no longer tenable Enlightenment assumptions of Kant, Locke, and others on this subject.

The Necessary Aptitude

Author: Pam Ayres

Publisher: Ebury Press

ISBN: 9780091940492

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Pam Ayres is one of Britain's best-loved personalities. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and has her own Radio 4 programme Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show annually to sell-out audiences throughout Britain and around the world and her poetry collections are bestsellers. A key part of Pam's shows and collections are her wonderfully wry and evocative anecdotes about her own life. Her autobiography will satisfy fans eager to hear more of these stories, and will follow her early life up to winning Opportunity Knocks in 1975. Growing up in a council house on the village green in Stanford in the Vale in (what was then) Berkshire, in the 1940s and 50s, Pam started her working life at 15 as a civil servant. However, she was so bored by the daily routine that she quit to join the Women's Royal Air Force where she began to perform for the first time. Writing with her usual mix of good humour and poignancy, Pam's autobiography is a classic memoir of a post-war country childhood in the vein of Cider with Rosie.