Hörnle, T. (2012). Criminalizing Behaviour to Protect Human Dignity. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 6(3), 307–325. doi:10.1007/s11572-012-9177-6
The purpose of this article is to discuss the criminalization of conduct based on human dignity arguments. It proposes a modest version of integrating human dignity into discussions about criminalization. After a critical examination of both the notion of “human dignity as an objective value” and the assumption that the meaning of human dignity can be explained by referring to Kant’s moral philosophy, human dignity violations are characterized as severe humiliations.