Philosophy of Human Rights : A Systematic Introduction
260 p. 23 cm
Explores both the conceptual and historical treatments of human rights and the roots of its practice and examines its derivation from classical theories of rights all the way to existing uses.
An introductory text to the philosophy of human rights, this book provides an innovative, systematic study of the concepts, ideas, and theories of human rights. It examines the principal philosophical issues that arise in specific areas of rights, such as women's rights, minority rights, or disability rights, and addresses the human rights aspects of world problems such as global poverty and humanitarian intervention. Along with the presentation of these established subjects, the book provides a vibrant critique of both the liberal fundamentals of human rights and the legal and political aspects of the concrete practice by individuals and organizations. Key Features: Presents a thorough philosophical introduction to human rights for anyone from any subject (e.g., international law, politics, public policy, philosophy). While grounded in philosophy, demonstrates a clear, organized understanding of real-world aspects of the field, with a deep analysis of vital, current issues. Is attentive to critical stances on human rights and to stultifying privations in the field. Offers a well-organized overall structure, moving from historical treatment, to conceptual analysis, to a set of current issues, and finally to criticism.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Overview 1. Fundamentals 2. The Legal Framework 3. Some Questions (about Human Rights) Part II: Philosophical Groundings 4. Liberal Underpinnings 5. Theories of Rights 6. Theories of Human Rights Part III: Issues in Human Rights 7. The Universalism of Human Rights 8. Groups and Other Collections 9. Rights on Our Mind 10. Global Economic Rights 11. Security, Sovereignty, and Humanitarian Intervention Part IV: Critique 12. Philosophical Critique of Human Rights 13. Back to the Rough Ground Epilogue: On the Ground