The Philosophy of Human Rights
Justification and Universality
Ernst / Heilinger (Hg)
2011, 275 S, Gb, (Gruyter)
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The notion of “human rights” is widely used in political and moral discussions. The core idea, that all human beings have some inalienable basic rights, is appealing and has an eminently practical function: It allows moral criticism of various wrongs and calls for action in order to prevent them. The articles in this collection take up a tension between the wide political use of human rights claims and some intellectual scepticism about them. In particular, two major issues call for clarification: the question of how to justify human rights and the tension between universal normative claims and particular moralities.
 

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