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Human Dignity Defined by Policy Choices During the Pandemic


Any crisis has an impact on politics and can (re)define even the most fundamental concepts. The WWII and totalitarian atrocities shaped our understanding of human dignity in opposition to dehumanising violence. Since the 60’s, societal and technological shifts have recentred the debates on equality resulting from human dignity. Today, we are in the midst of a major health crisis, which takes lives, impacts the economy, and is changing our way of life. Policy choices made by European political leaders in response to the pandemic can provide some perspective on the meaning of human dignity. Alice Neffe explains further.