Das Grundrecht der Gewissensfreiheit
Eine bibliographische Datenbank
herausgegeben von Dr. iur. Paul Tiedemann



Every individual being is a subject with morality. Human beings are the only creatures who can distinguish between good and evil. Thus moral responsibility for one's own acting is an inalienable part of human existence. Therefore respect for moral competence and integrity of the human being is an indispensable element within the respect for human dignity.

Moral responsibility cannot be delegated. It still remains a task of the individual when integrated in cooperative structures, organizations and institutions. Societal structures not approving the freedom of the individual conscience violate the dignity of their members. Citizen not basing their participation in the societal process on the basis of conscientiousness act without responsibility.

The freedom of conscience is the most ancient human rights among those which have been declared and approved. But its implications have been approved only rather limited till today. Mainly it has been limited to the spiritual and religious sphere. Not before the 20th century - beginning with the approval of conscientious objection against military service - a gradual awareness has been developed that freedom of conscience in combination with moral responsibility also covers individual acting within society.

The present database intends to assist this process of growing awareness. It shall facilitate scientific research about freedom of conscience and its implications. For that purpose philosophic, historic and mainly legal book references, quotes an jurisdiction about this topic will be collected and documented.

The editor will not be able to do that work by him alone. He needs assistance. Therefore users are kindly requested, to write short summaries of publications or legal materials referring to the topic and e-mail them to the editor if the text has not been documented elsewhere