The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development and Significance / Edition 1by Jack Mahoney
Pub. Date: 10/23/2006
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 analyzes 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/i>… See more details below
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 analyzes 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 growing recognition and acceptance in modern times; analyses their contents, details, and philosophical basis; and illustrates their relevance and significance today.
Unparalleled in scope and clarity, this engaging book:
- critically examines the arguments for human rights and offers an original defence for them;
- explores the meaning of human rights in the context of increasing globalization;
- confronts the major objections to human rights, including the charge of Western ethical imperialism and the counterclaims of cultural relativism.
Mahoney concludes that human rights are an indispensable addition to modern ethical resources and logically culminate in a cosmopolitan recognition of the whole human race as a single moral family.
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Table of Contents
1. Human Rights in History.
The Ancient Classical World.
The World of the Bible.
The Medieval World.
Renaissance and Reformation Thought.
Hobbes and Rousseau.
Revolution in England.
The French Declaration of the Rights of Man.
English Resistance to Human Rights.
German Developments: Kant and Marx.
2. The Modern Human Rights Movement.
The Charter of the United Nations Organization.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights.
Wider Human Rights Developments.
3. Clarifying Human Rights.
Some Useful Distinctions.
Rights and Duties.
The Proliferation of Rights.
Selfishness and Social Divisiveness.
A Challenge to All Cultures.
The Strengths of Human Rights.
4. Establishing Human Rights.
A Matter of Belief.
An Essential Requirement.
The Nature of Persons.
“The Wonder of Our Being”.
5. The Globalizing of Human Rights.
Seeking a Global Ethic.
Global Human Rights.
The Inadequacies of States.
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