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: 0521865514

ISBN-13: 9780521865517

Pub. Date: 09/30/2006

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:
9780521865517
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
The Morality of Human Rights
The Morality of Human Rights     3
The Morality of Human Rights: A Religious Ground     7
The Morality of Human Rights: A Non-Religious Ground?     14
From Morality to Law
From Morality to Law     33
Capital Punishment     37
Abortion     52
Same-Sex Unions     65
From Law to Courts
Protecting Human Rights in a Democracy: What Role for the Courts?     87
How Should the Supreme Court Rule? Capital Punishment, Abortion, and Same-Sex Unions     118
Summation     141
Notes     143
Index     239

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