Human Rights Reader Major Political Essays, Speeches Documents from the Bible to the Present

ISBN-10: 0415918499
ISBN-13: 9780415918497
Edition: 1997
Authors: Micheline Ishay
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List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/27/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

In every age there have been voices speaking out against oppression, voices that refuse to be silenced and that, whether through peaceful reform or violent revolution, lead the way to the liberation and transformation of society. Today, from the International Women's Conference, to Amnesty International and the debate over humanitarian intervention, global interest in human rights is strong and growing. This anthology provides the first comprehensive historical perspective on human rights, covering influential figures, ideals, movements and strategies. The Human Rights Readerexplores the changing concept and practice of human rights through the writings of religious humanists, classical and modern thinkers, major legal documents, political speeches, key theoretical approaches, philosophical works and issues of contemporary relevance. Gathered from a variety of disciplines and sources, Micheline Ishay has selected readings to reflect the range and depth of the human rightsdebate across cultures and history. Beginning with the early origins of human rights, she follows the debate through the Enlightenment, the Industrial Age, the World Wars and anti-imperialist struggles. Several selections illustrate how the debate has been picked up by new social movements, such as environmentalists and gay rights advocates. Visionaries, activists, and politicians have disagreed on how to achieve or even define human rights, sometimes working together and sometimes in opposition. This reader provides a comparative overview from which to examine not only the debate, but how rights were gained or lost. As such, it offers us lessons for the present and hope for the future.

Introduction:?
Human Rights: Historical and Contemporary Controversies
The Origins: Secular, Asian and Monotheistic Tradition?
Introduction
Introduction
On the Ground for an International Declaration of Human Rights, UNESCO Report (1947)
Liberty, Tolerance and Codes of Justice
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948): Articles 3, 5-12, 18-20, and 27 The Secular Tradition
Hammurabi Code: On Freedom of Speech and Civil Rights (c. 1700 B.C.E.)
"Justice in State and Individual," The Republic (c. c.360 B.C.E.)
On Justice and Political Constitutions, The Politics (c. 350 B.C.E.)
The Laws (52 B.C.E.)
"Of Freedom," The Discourses (c. 135 B.C.E.) Asian Religions and Traditions
Confucius: On Rightful Conduct of Rulers and Subjects, The Analects (c. 479 B.C.E. -221 B.C.E.)
On the Penal System, The Arthashastra (c. 300 B.C.E.)
"Against Religious Intolerance and Discriminiation within the Community," The Edicts (c. 272-231 B.C.E.)
Chinese Buddhist Verses: On Moral Conduct (early 4th century) Monotheism
The Hebrew Bible: On Universalism and the Ten Commandments
The New Testament (c. 50): On Faith and the Law
The Koran (c. 632): On Tolerance and Just Society
Social and Economic Justice
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948): Articles 17 and 22-26 The Secular Tradition
Hammurabi Code: On Property (c. 1700 B.C.E.)
Plato: On the Community of Property, The Republic (c. 360 B.C.E.)
Aristotle: On Property, The Politics (c. 350 B.C.E.) Asian Religions and Traditions
Confucius: On Fair Distribution and Education, The Analects (c. 551-479 B.C.E.)
Kautilya: On Labor and Property Rights, Arthashastra (c. 300 B.C.E.)
Manu: On Property Rights, The Laws (c. 200 B.C.E.)
Buddhism: On the Limitation of Property and Altruism (c. 8 th century?
Monotheism
The Hebrew Bible: On the Welfare of the Poor, the Laborer and the Stranger
The New Testament: On Greed and Charity (c. 50)
The Koran: On Social and Economic Aid (c. 632)
Justice, War and Peace
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948): Articles 28-3?
The Secular Tradition
Thucydides: On Justice versus Power, "The Melian Dialogue," History of the Peloponnesian War (c. 411 B.C.E.)
Plato: On How to Treat One's Enemy, The Republic (c. 360 B.C.E.) Asian Religions and Traditions
Confucius: On Peace and Economic Justice, The Analects (c. 551-479 B.C.E.)
Mencius: On the Right to Overthrow a Tyrant (c. 372-289 B.C.E.)
On Peace and Justice, The Edicts (c. 272-231 B.C.E.) Monotheism
The Hebrew Bible: On Temperance in War and Peace among Nations
The New Testament: "Never Pay Back Evil for Evil." (c.50)
The Koran: On Just War (c. 632)
On War, Peace and Harmony, City of God (413-426)
On Just War, Summa Theologica (1265-1273)
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