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Legitimizing Human Rights: Secular and Religious Perspectives

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Edited by: Angus J. L. Menuge

ISBN13: 9781409450023
Published: August 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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When does the exercise of an interest constitute a human right? The contributors to Menuge's edited collection offer a range of secular and religious responses to this fundamental question of the legitimacy of human rights claims. The first section evaluates the plausibility of natural and transcendent foundations for human rights. A further section explores the nature of religious freedom and the vexed question of its proper limits as it arises in the US, European, and global contexts. The final section explores the pragmatic justification of human rights: how do we motivate the recognition and enforcement of human rights in the real world?This topical book should be of interest to a range of academics from disciplines spanning law, philosophy, religion and politics.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Introduction, Angus J.L. Menuge

Part 1 The Foundations of Human Rights: Grounding human rights: naturalism's failure and Biblical theism's success, Paul Copan
Theism and human rights, Paul Cliteur
Why human rights cannot be naturalized: the contingency problem, Angus Menuge
Human rights as legal rights, Friedrich Toepel.

Part 2 Religious Liberty and the Secular State: Human rights in a secular state will depend on its legal
definition of religion, John Calvert
Balancing secularism with religious freedom: in Lautsi v Italy the European Court of Human Rights evolved, Vito Breda
Restrictions on religious liberty: when and where justified?, John Warwick Montgomery.

Part 3 Enforcing and Motivating Human Rights: Retribution as a fundamental human right, Hendrik Kaptein
The motivation to protect and advance human rights: a faith-based approach, Dallas Miller
Why is Man the primary and functional way for the Church? The involvement of Christian teaching in the contemporary human rights discourse, Dobrochna Bach-Golecka