New Book Explores the Origin of Human Dignity

In his new book, "On the Origin of Dignity: Its Creation and Enhancement" (published by Archway Publishing), Walter W. Tunstall, Ph.D., argues that dignity is not dependent upon social norms or religious and philosophical traditions but created during moment-to-moment social interaction.

"(My book) challenges thousands of years of human understanding and offers a new and alternative view of dignity-a topic of increasing prominence in contemporary international discourse," Tunstall says.

Although based on his original doctoral dissertation, Tunstall has modified "On the Origin of Dignity" to be more accessible for the layperson. It offers an account of why dignity exists, where it comes from and how people get it. The book integrates previous arguments about dignity and describes dignity as "an interpersonal co-creation that occurs between two human beings."

Tunstall contends that although some people do not acknowledge dignity's existence, everyone has a right to dignity and "Each of us has a personal responsibility as the co-creator of not only our own but another's dignity to consciously and deliberately engage in the process."

"On the Origin of Dignity"
By Walter W. Tunstall, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 110 pages | ISBN 9781480851733
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 110 pages | ISBN 9781480851740
E-Book | 110 pages | ISBN 9781480851757
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Walter W. Tunstall, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught 14 courses on psychology at numerous colleges in Virginia and Washington State, and he worked with persons with chronic disabilities in both states. Tunstall is retired and lives in Olympia, Washington.

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