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Special Issue "Human Dignity in Religious Traditions: Foundations for Ethics and Human Rights"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 February 2023) | Viewed by 2970
Special Issue Editors
Interests: global ethics; religious and philosophical ethics; nonviolence; environmental ethics; Christian theology
Interests: Islam; religion and politics; ethics; spirituality; sustainability
Interests: law and religion; legal reasoning and rhetoric; philosophy of law; legislation and regulation
Special Issue Information
The Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere was issued in December 2018 for the purpose of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and re-examining its foundational assumptions concerning human dignity described in its Preamble: “Whereas the recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
Occasioned by the proclamation of the Punta del Este Declaration, an international group of scholars representing various religious traditions began a tentative discussion focusing on the understandings and roles of human dignity within different religious traditions. Encouraged by the initial resonances and challenges discovered in the initial meeting in 2019 held at Oxford University, Brett Scharffs, Dicky Sofjan and I subsequently sought to deepen, expand and formalize the conversation. To this end, we invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of Religions, tentatively titled Human Dignity in Religious Traditions: Foundations for Ethics and Human Rights.
The central purpose of this Special Issue is to critically examine the status of human dignity within various religious traditions. Specifically, the goal is to examine how certain texts, narratives, concepts, and exemplars are employed within religious traditions to display human dignity as a foundation for ethics, or, to use the language of Punta del Este, to display “the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” The key to the success of this issue is that it will effectively catalog the resources that support human dignity but also articulate how the resulting account of human dignity is foundational for ethics and human rights (and this will be especially important for those of you representing religious traditions that are already addressed in The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity (2014) and Value and Vulnerability: An Interfaith Dialogue on Human Dignity (2020)). Please note, too, that while we recognize that each of you energetically represent and embody a particular religious tradition (which is great!), we are not interested merely in apologetics for these religious traditions but rather a critical engagement that carefully articulates the constructive resources for and, if necessary, the internal resistance to (whether textual, historical or otherwise) human dignity within each of the religious traditions represented.
Should you be willing to contribute to this Special Issue (which I hope you are!), the submission guidelines are as follows:
Length of manuscript: 7000–9000 words
- Abstract — 15 October 2022
- Notification of Acceptance — 1 November 2022
- Final Draft — 15 January 2023
We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the Guest Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 15, 2022. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editor for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue, and notifications will be sent by November 1. Full manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review.
Düwell, Marcus, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth, Eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere. 2018. https://www.dignityforeveryone.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/03/Human-Dignity-for-web.pdf.
Petrusek, Matthew R. and Jonathan Rothchild, Eds. Value and Vulnerability: An Interfaith Dialogue on Human Dignity. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2020.
United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 1948. https://www.ohchr.org/en/human-rights/universal-declaration/translations/english.
Dr. Paul Martens
Dr. Dicky Sofjan
Prof. Dr. Brett Scharffs
Manuscript Submission Information
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