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The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development and Significance / Edition 1

The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development and Significance / Edition 1

by Jack Mahoney


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405152419
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/23/2006
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Jack Mahoney is Emeritus Professor of Moral and Social Theology in the University of London and is a former Principal of Heythrop College, University of London. He is the author of several books and of many articles on general and applied ethics, including medical ethics, business and professional ethics and theological ethics, and he has lectured and broadcast widely in these subjects at home and abroad.

Table of Contents



1. Human Rights in History.

The Ancient Classical World.

The World of the Bible.

The Medieval World.

Renaissance and Reformation Thought.

Hobbes and Rousseau.

Revolution in England.

American Independence.

The French Declaration of the Rights of Man.

English Resistance to Human Rights.

German Developments: Kant and Marx.

2. The Modern Human Rights Movement.

The Charter of the United Nations Organization.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Continental Developments.

The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights.

Wider Human Rights Developments.

British Developments.


3. Clarifying Human Rights.

Some Useful Distinctions.

Rights and Duties.

The Proliferation of Rights.


Selfishness and Social Divisiveness.

Ethical Imperialism?.

A Challenge to All Cultures.

The Strengths of Human Rights.

4. Establishing Human Rights.

A Matter of Belief.

An Essential Requirement.

The Nature of Persons.

Intuitionist Approaches.

Human Dignity.

“The Wonder of Our Being”.

Major Opponents.


5. The Globalizing of Human Rights.

Global Expansion.

Seeking a Global Ethic.

Cultural Relativism.

Global Human Rights.

Towards Cosmopolitanism.

The Inadequacies of States.

“Principled” Cosmopolitanism.

Human Solidarity.



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