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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, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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David Boucher surveys the history of thinking about human rights and shows that far from being seen as universal and emancipatory, they have almost always privileged certain groups in relation to others.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Boucher
ISBN: 9780199691463 0199691460
OCLC Number: 727106262
Notes: Originally published: 2009.
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
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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