Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts

Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts

by Michael J. Perry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521684226

ISBN-13: 9780521684224

Pub. Date: 08/18/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Neither the morality of human rights nor its relation to the law of human rights is well understood. In this book, Michael Perry addresses three large issues: o There is undeniably a religious ground - indeed, more than one religious ground - for the morality of human rights. But is there a nonreligious (secular) ground for the morality of human rights? o What is

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Neither the morality of human rights nor its relation to the law of human rights is well understood. In this book, Michael Perry addresses three large issues: o There is undeniably a religious ground - indeed, more than one religious ground - for the morality of human rights. But is there a nonreligious (secular) ground for the morality of human rights? o What is the relation between the morality of human rights and the law of human rights? Perry here addresses the controversial issues of capital punishment, abortion, and same-sex unions. o What is the proper role of courts, in a liberal democracy, in protecting-and therefore in interpreting-constitutionally entrenched human rights? In considering this question, special attention is paid to the Supreme Court and how it should rule on hot button issues such as capital punishment and abortion. Toward a Theory of Human Rights makes a significant contribution both to human rights studies and to constitutional theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521684224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Morality of Human Rights: 1. The morality of human rights; 2. The morality of human rights: a religious ground; 3. The morality of human rights: a nonreligious ground?; Part II. From Morality to Law: 4. From morality to law; 5. Capital punishment; 6. Abortion; 7. Same-sex unions; Part III. From Law to Courts: 8. Protecting human rights in a democracy: what role for the courts?; 9. How should the Supreme Court rule?: capital punishment, abortion, and same-sex unions.

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