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In Defense of Human Rights: A Non-Religious Grounding in a Pluralistic World
     

In Defense of Human Rights: A Non-Religious Grounding in a Pluralistic World

by Ari Kohen
 

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The argument that religion provides the only compelling foundation for human rights is both challenging and thought-provoking and answering it is of fundamental importance to the furthering of the human rights agenda.

This book establishes an equally compelling non-religious foundation for the idea of human rights, engaging with the writings of many key

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The argument that religion provides the only compelling foundation for human rights is both challenging and thought-provoking and answering it is of fundamental importance to the furthering of the human rights agenda.

This book establishes an equally compelling non-religious foundation for the idea of human rights, engaging with the writings of many key thinkers in the field, including Michael J. Perry, Alan Gewirth, Ronald Dworkin and Richard Rorty. Ari Kohen draws on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a political consensus of overlapping ideas from cultures and communities around the world that establishes the dignity of humans and argues that this dignity gives rise to collective human rights. In constructing this consensus, we have succeeded in establishing a practical non-religious foundation upon which the idea of human rights can rest.

In Defense of Human Rights will be of interest to students and scholars of political theory, philosophy, religious studies and human rights.

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'...a fine contribution to the growing literature on its chosen subject and must be regarded as essential reading for all engaged with these matters.'
David Lay Williams, University of Wisconsin, USA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134110353
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Series:
Routledge Innovations in Political Theory
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
375 KB

Meet the Author

Ari Kohen has been Assistant Professor of Justice Studies and Political Science at James Madison University, USA; from August 2007, he will be Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

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