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The challenge of human rights : origin, development, and significance

The challenge of human rights : origin, development, and significance

Author: John Mahoney
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Challenge of Human Rights traces the history of human rights theory from classical antiquity through the enlightenment to the modern human rights movement, and analyses the significance of human rights in today's increasingly globalized world. In this illuminating study, Jack Mahoney surveys and critiques the emerging awareness in history of human rights as an invaluable ethical resource; chronicles their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Mahoney
ISBN: 9781405152402 1405152400 9781405152419 1405152419
OCLC Number: 63390405
Description: x, 215 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Human rights in history. The ancient classical world. The world of the Bible. The mediaeval world. Renaissance and Reformation thought. Hobbes and Rousseau. Revolution in England. American independence. The French declaration of the rights of man. English resistance to human rights. German developments : Kant and Marx --
The modern human rights movement. The charter of the United Nations Organisation. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continental developments. The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights. Wider human rights developments. British developments. Conclusion --
Clarifying human rights. Some useful distinctions. Rights and duties. The proliferation of rights. Individuals-in-society. Social divisiveness. Ethical imperialism? A challenge to all cultures. The strengths of human rights --
Establishing human rights. A matter of belief. An essential requirement. The nature of persons. Intuitionist approaches. Human dignity. "The wonder of our being." Major opponents. Conclusion --
The globalising of human rights. Global expansion. Seeking a global ethic. Cultural relativism. Global human rights. Towards cosmopolitanism. The inadequacies of states. "Principled" cosmopolitanism. Human solidarity.
Responsibility: Jack Mahoney.
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* Provides an engaging study of the origin and the philosophical and political development of human rights discourse. * Offers an original defence of human rights. * Explores the significance of  Read more...


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