The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development and Significance / Edition 1

The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development and Significance / Edition 1

by Jack Mahoney
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405152419

ISBN-13: 9781405152419

Pub. Date: 10/23/2006

Publisher: Wiley

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405152419
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/23/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

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.

American Independence.

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.

Continental Developments.

The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights.

Wider Human Rights Developments.

British Developments.

Conclusion.

3. Clarifying Human Rights.

Some Useful Distinctions.

Rights and Duties.

The Proliferation of Rights.

Individuals-in-Society.

Selfishness and Social Divisiveness.

Ethical Imperialism?.

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.

Intuitionist Approaches.

Human Dignity.

“The Wonder of Our Being”.

Major Opponents.

Conclusion.

5. The Globalizing of Human Rights.

Global Expansion.

Seeking a Global Ethic.

Cultural Relativism.

Global Human Rights.

Towards Cosmopolitanism.

The Inadequacies of States.

“Principled” Cosmopolitanism.

Human Solidarity.

Bibliography.

Index

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