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Last Utopia Human Rights in History

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ISBN-10: 0674064348

ISBN-13: 9780674064348

Edition: 2010

Authors: Samuel Moyn

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Human rights offer a vision of international justice that today’s idealistic millions hold dear. Yet the very concept on which the movement is based became familiar only a few decades ago when it profoundly reshaped our hopes for an improved humanity. In this pioneering book, Samuel Moyn elevates that extraordinary transformation to center stage and asks what it reveals about the ideal’s troubled present and uncertain future.For some, human rights stretch back to the dawn of Western civilization, the age of the American and French Revolutions, or the post–World War II moment when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was framed. Revisiting these episodes in a dramatic tour of humanity’s…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Pierre Rosanvallon is a professor at the Coll�ge de France, Paris, where he holds the chair in the modern and contemporary history of the political. Among many other books, he is the author of The Demands of Liberty: Civil Society in France Since the Revolution.Samuel Moyn is professor of history at Columbia University. He is the author of two books, including Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics.