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The Human Person Dignity and Compassion
The Human Person Dignity and Compassion

Author(s): Pavol Dancák
Subject(s): Philosophy, Sociology, Theology and Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: man; society; dignity; compassion; freedom

Summary/Abstract: The subject of human value was not, in many cases, thoroughly discussed in the history of Western culture, and thus it needs further examination. Even today, there is a need to open the debate again, given the divergent views and conflicting opinions on the subject. These days, under the influence of cultural and economic globalization, the development of new technologies and science bring new possibilities, but at the same time poses questions about new ways of understanding the value and dignity of the human person, which sometimes clash with traditional philosophical and theological interpretations. It turns out that the current trend, which emphasizes the new achievements of science and the constant economic growth, also affects the very understanding of the human value. From the perspective of science, it is possible to see a revival of the reductionist approach to the understanding of man and the economy of transforming the man’s value into a human resource. The consequences of these tendencies are manifested above all in the ethical dimension of human life. Human dignity, compassion, and good relationships with others are complementary facts that lead to the development of humanity, create good for future generations, clarify the parameters of current rapid changes, and set boundaries that allow man to remain human.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 19-31
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English