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The limits of ethics in international relations : natural law, natural rights, and human rights in transition

Author: David Boucher
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Ethical constraints on relations among individuals within and between societies have always reflected or invoked a higher authority than the caprices of human will. For over two thousand years Natural Law and Natural Rights were the constellations of ideas and presuppositions that fulfilled this role in the west, and exhibited far greater similarities than most commentators want to admit. Such ideas were the lens  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Boucher, David, 1951-
Limits of ethics in international relations.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)276817454
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Boucher
ISBN: 9780191547973 0191547972 9780199203529 0199203520 9780191695490 0191695491 1282268457 9781282268456 9786612268458 661226845X
OCLC Number: 435942169
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 421 pages)
Contents: Classical natural law and the law of nations: the Greeks and the Romans --
Christian natural law: a universal morality --
Natural law, the law of nations, and the transition to natural rights --
Natural rights and social exclusion: cultural encounters --
Natural rights: descriptive and prescriptive --
Natural rights and their critics --
Slavery and racism in natural law and natural rights --
Nonsense upon stilts? Tocqueville, idealism, and the expansion of the moral community --
The human rights culture and its discontents --
Modern constitutive theories of human rights --
Human rights and the judicial revolution --
Women and human rights.
Responsibility: David Boucher.

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