Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0801477700

ISBN-13: 9780801477706

Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Jack Donnelly

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In the third edition of his classic work, revised extensively and updated to include recent developments on the international scene, Jack Donnelly explains and defends a richly interdisciplinary account of human rights as universal rights. He shows that any conception of human rights-and the idea of human rights itself-is historically specific and contingent. Since publication of the first edition in 1989, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice has justified Donnelly's claim that "conceptual clarity, the fruit of sound theory, can facilitate action. At the very least it can help to unmask the arguments of dictators and their allies."
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction
Toward a Theory of Human Rights
The Concept of Human Rights
How Rights Work
Special Features of Human Rights
Human Nature and Human Rights
Human Rights and Related Practices
Analytic and Substantive Theories
The Failure of Foundational Appeals
Coping with Contentious Foundations
The Universal Declaration Model
The Universal Declaration
The Universal Declaration Model
Human Dignity and Human Rights
Individual Rights
Interdependence and Indivisibility
The State and International Human Rights
Respecting, Protecting, and Providing Human Rights
Realizing Human Rights and Human Dignity
Economic Rights and Group Rights
The Status of Economic and Social Rights
Group Rights and Human Rights
Equal Concern and Respect
Hegemony and Settled Norms
An Overlapping Consensus on International Human Rights
Moral Theory, Political Theory, and Human Rights
Equal Concern and Respect
Toward a Liberal Theory of Human Rights
Consensus: Overlapping but Bounded
The Universality and Relativity of Human Rights
A Brief History of Human Rights
Politics and Justice in the Premodern Non-Western World
The Premodern West
The Modern Invention of Human Rights
The American and French Revolutions
Approaching the Universal Declaration
Expanding the Subjects and Substance of Human Rights
The Relative Universality of Human Rights
"Universal" and "Relative"
The Universality of Internationally Recognized Human Rights
Three Levels of Universality and Particularity
Relative Universality: A Multidimensional Perspective
Universality in a World of Particularities
Culture and the Relativity of Human Rights
Advocating Universality in a World of Particularities
Human Rights and Human Dignity
Dignity: Particularistic and Universalistic Conceptions in the West
Dignitas: The Roman Roots of Dignity
Biblical Conceptions: Kavod and Imago Dei
Kant
Rights and Dignity in the West
Dignity and the Foundations of Human Rights
Humanity, Dignity, and Politics in Confucian China
Cosmology and Ethics
Confucians and the Early Empires
"Neo-Confucianism" and Song Imperial Rule
Twentieth-Century Encounters with "Rights"
Human Rights and Asian Values
Humans and Society in Hindu South Asia
Cosmology
Social Philosophy
Caste
Hindu Universalism
Opposition to Caste Discrimination
Hinduism and Human Rights in Contemporary India
Human Rights and International Action
International Human Rights Regimes
The Global Human Rights Regime
Political Foundations of the Global Regime
Regional Human Rights Regimes
Single-Issue Human Rights Regimes
Assessing Multilateral Human Rights Mechanisms
The Evolution of Human Rights Regimes
Human Rights and Foreign Policy
Human Rights and the National Interest
International Human Rights and National Identity
Means and Mechanisms of Bilateral Action
The Aims of Human Rights Policy
Foreign Policy and Human Rights Policy
The Limits of International Action
Appendix: Arguments against International Human Rights Policies
Contemporary Issues
Human Rights, Democracy, and Development
The Contemporary Language of Legitimacy
Defining Democracy
Democracy and Human Rights
Defining Development
Development-Rights Tradeoffs
Development and Civil and Political Rights
Markets and Economic and Social Rights
The Liberal Democratic Welfare State
The West and Economic and Social Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Domestic Western Practice
The International Human Rights Covenants
Functional and Regional Organizations
Further Evidence of Western Support
Understanding the Sources of the Myth
Why Does It Matter?
Humanitarian Intervention against Genocide
Intervention and International Law
Humanitarian Intervention and International Law
The Moral Standing of the State
Politics, Partisanship, and International Order
Changing Conceptions of Security and Sovereignty
Justifying the Anti-genocide Norm
Changing Legal Practices
"Justifying" Humanitarian Intervention
Mixed Motives and Consistency
Politics and the Authority to Intervene
Judging the Kosovo Intervention
Darfur and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention
Nondiscrimination for All: The Case of Sexual Minorities
The Right to Nondiscrimination
Nondiscrimination and Political Struggle
Discrimination against Sexual Minorities
Nature, (Im)morality, and Public Morals
Strategies for Inclusion
Paths of Incremental Change
References
Index
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