Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry / Edition 1

Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry / Edition 1

by Michael Ignatieff
     
 

"These essays make a splendid book. Ignatieff's lectures are engaging and vigorous; they also combine some rather striking ideas with savvy perceptions about actual domestic and international politics. They spark lively and distinctive discussion among the distinguished respondents. Ignatieff's response to them is also vibrant. Ignatieff presents a sharp and vital

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"These essays make a splendid book. Ignatieff's lectures are engaging and vigorous; they also combine some rather striking ideas with savvy perceptions about actual domestic and international politics. They spark lively and distinctive discussion among the distinguished respondents. Ignatieff's response to them is also vibrant. Ignatieff presents a sharp and vital argument for human rights that can be reconciled with state sovereignty, that can defend against charges of imperialism without caving in to the moral relativism bandwagon, and that can navigate reciprocal respect between people and between nations."—Martha Minow, Harvard University

"These essays are superb: elegant and thought-provoking. The literature on human rights is growing, both on the practical side and the theoretical. But this book combines both, with Ignatieff's nuanced grasp of real-world politics meshing with his impressive knowledge of political theory. There is no one I can think of who combines the two so well. The scholarship is first-rate, the writing is splendid, and the commentaries are excellent."—Gary Bass, author of Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691114743
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2003
Series:
University Center for Human Values Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Amy Gutmann vii

HUMAN RIGHTS AS POLITICS AND IDOLATRY by Michael Ignatieff

Human Rights as Politics 3

Human Rights as Idolatry 53

COMMENTS

Grounding Human Rights by K. Anthony Appiah 101

Debates with the PTA and Others by David A. Hollinger 117

The Moral Imagination and Human Rights by Thomas W. Laqueur 127

Relativism and Religion by Diane F. Orentlicher 141

RESPONSE TO COMMENTATORS by Michael Ignatieff

Dignity and Agency 161

Contributors 175

Index 177

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