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Published on Oct 31, 2011
This video clip was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the World Dignity University initiative. It invites into Evelin Lindner's introductory lecture "Dignity or Humiliation: The World at a Crossroad." Please see http://www.sv.uio.no/tjenester/kunnsk... for two full lectures (two hours each) from 2009 and 2011. In these introductory lectures Evelin Lindner highlights the fact that dignity and humiliation have become more important topics for inquiry than ever before. She agrees with philosopher Avishai Margalit that the point is not justice but decency. See also: "In Times of Globalization and Human Rights: Does Humiliation Become the Most Disruptive Force?" in Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Volume 1, Number 1, March 2007. • Abstract: This article is about humiliation, globalization, human rights, and dignity. The central question is the following: Could it be the case in a globalizing world in which people are increasingly exposed to human rights advocacy, that acts of humiliation and feelings of humiliation emerge as the most significant phenomena to resolve? This paper suggests that this is the case. It claims that all humans share a common ground, namely a yearning for recognition and respect that connects them and draws them into relationships. The paper argues that many of the observable rifts among people may stem from the humiliation that is felt when recognition and respect are lacking. The article proposes that only if the human desire for respect is cherished, respected, and nurtured, and if people are attributed equal dignity in this process, can differences turn into valuable diversities and sources of enrichment—both globally and locally—instead of sources of disruption. See more material by Evelin Lindner at: www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin.php