Human Rights: Moral or Political? (Hardcover)

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By Adam Etinson (Editor)


Over the past decade or so, philosophical speculation about human rights has tended to fall into two streams. On the one hand, there are Orthodox theorists, who think of human rights as natural rights: moral rights that we have simply in virtue of being human. On the other hand, there are
Political theorists, who think of human rights as rights that play a distinctive role, or set of roles, in modern international politics: setting universal standards of political legitimacy, serving as norms of international concern, and/or imposing limits on the exercise of national sovereignty.

This edited volume explores this disagreement, its underlying sources, and related issues in the philosophy of human rights. Using the Orthodox-Political debate as a springboard for broader reflection, the volume covers a diverse range of questions about: the relevance of the history of human rights
to their philosophical comprehension; how to properly understand the relationship between human rights morality and law; how to balance the normative character of human rights - their description of an ideal world - with the requirement that they be feasible in the here and now; the role of human
rights in a world shaped by politics and power; and how to reconcile the individualistic and communitarian aspects of human rights.

All chapters are accompanied by useful and probing commentaries, which help to create dialogues throughout the entire volume.

About the Author

Adam Etinson, University of St Andrews Adam Etinson is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, where he is also Assistant Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (CEPPA). His articles have appeared in a wide range of academic journals, including The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Utilitas, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Political Theory, and Human Rights Quarterly. He has also written for popular audiences in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and Dissent.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198713258
ISBN-10: 0198713258
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 528
Language: English
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