These notes are for students in Dr. Scott Moore's PHI 1305.
contractual agent-- a human being whose actions can be understood as having the characteristics of a "contract." For instance, if one enters a relationship, one might understand both parties as having certain obligations and certain privileges. If either party fails to exercise those obligations or demands other privileges, the relationship can be dissolved.
modern notion of human dignity-- the notion of the essential worth of human beings. Taylor argues that dignity has replaced "honour" in the preoccupation with recognition as a component of identity.