Keywords: Dignity, Relational Theory, Recognition, Reflexivity, Human Inter-Subjectivity.
What do we mean when we talk about human
dignity? Going beyond the classical legal definitions (dignity as a principle or as a value), I
try to link this ambiguous concept to the human condition, arguing that it arises in relational
contexts where human beings recognize each other. Looking to some philosophical modern
contributes (Nedelsky, Malpas), I assume the centrality of the human relationships in constituting
personal identities. Every Self constitutes his/her identity recognizing (and being
recognized by) other Selves inside a relational context. This reciprocal recognition determines
dignity because to experience relationships means to experience human dignity.