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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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The Philosophy of Human Rights: A Systematic Introduction

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ISBN13: 9781138787353
To be Published: September 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £26.99

During the last 20 years, philosophers from different quarters and with very different approaches have begun to theorize human rights in an outpouring of authored and edited books and journal articles. In addition, among policy makers and in the legal arena-the so called workings fields of human rights-there have been noteworthy investigations of human rights that tackle philosophical issues. In this book, Anat Biletzki brings a systematic approach to the multitudinous philosophical analyses of human rights, offering a cohesive overview and analysis of this diverse but now very active field. She 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.

The book is "contemporary" in two senses: it investigates the most current human rights issues and it addresses emerging criticism of human rights, now arising in various sectors. A long introduction provides background information on the history of human rights, a synopsis of modern-day documents, and an articulation of basic questions. This is followed by a section on the philosophical groundings of human rights, proceeding from a philosophy of rights, to specific theories of human rights, to the questions of universalism vs. relativism. The third sections focuses on specific philosophical issues in human rights, including cultural relativity, economic rights, women's rights, group, indigenous, and minority rights, security, and sovereignty and humanitarian intervention. And a final section on critiques of human rights has separate chapters on postmodernism, anti-foundationalism, and human rights discourse and practice.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Section I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Fundamentals
Chapter 2. The Legal Background
Chapter 3. Basic Questions about Human Rights

Section II. Philosophical Groundings of Human Rights
Chapter 4. Theories of Rights - Historical and Legal
Chapter 5. Philosophy of Rights
Chapter 6. Theories of Human Rights
Chapter 7. Universalism vs. Relativism

Section III. Philosophical Issues in Human Rights
Chapter 8. Cultural Relativity.
Chapter 9. Economic Rights.
Chapter 10. Women's Rights
Chapter 11. Group, Indigenous, and Minority Rights
Chapter 12. Security
Chapter 13. Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention

Section IV: Critiques of Human Rights
Chapter 14. Postmodernism
Chapter 15. Anti-Foundationalism
Chapter 16. Human Rights Discourse and Practice