Making Sense of Human Rights / Edition 2

Making Sense of Human Rights / Edition 2

by James Nickel
     
 

This fully revised and extended edition of James Nickel’s classic study explains and defends the conception of human rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and subsequent human rights treaties. Combining philosophical, legal, and political approaches, Nickel addresses questions about what human rights are, what their content

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This fully revised and extended edition of James Nickel’s classic study explains and defends the conception of human rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and subsequent human rights treaties. Combining philosophical, legal, and political approaches, Nickel addresses questions about what human rights are, what their content should be, and whether and how they can be justified.

After outlining the contemporary conception of human rights, and developing and applying an original framework for the justification of particular rights, Nickel goes on to defend contemporary lists of human rights, covering fundamental freedoms, due process rights, social rights, and minority rights. The book also considers the issue of cultural relativism and the prospects for worldwide acceptance of human rights.

Making Sense of Human Rights is suitable for use as a text in university and law school courses on human rights. The texts of key human rights documents and treaties are included as appendixes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405145350
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/03/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,313,777
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. The Contemporary Idea of Human Rights.

2. Human Rights as Rights.

3. Making Sense of Human Rights.

4. Starting Points for Justifying Rights.

5. A Framework for Justifying Specific Rights.

6. The List Question.

7. Due Process Rights and Terrorist Emergencies.

8. Economic Liberties as Fundamental Freedoms.

9. Social Rights as Human Rights.

10. Minority Rights.

11. Eight Responses to the Relativist.

12. The Good Sense in Human Rights.

Bibliography and References.

Appendixes.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The European Convention on Human Rights.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

Index

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