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Human Rights and Human Nature

Edited by: Marion Albers, Thomas Hoffmann, Jorn Reinhardt

ISBN13: 9789401786713
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
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This book explores both the possibilities and limits of arguments from human nature in the context of human rights. Can the concept of human nature provide a basis for understanding fundamental rights? Is it plausible to justify the claim to universal validity of human rights by reference to human nature? Or does the idea of human rights in its modern, post-1945 manifestation go, in essence, beyond human nature? The essays in this volume introduce naturalistic positions and their concomitant critiques. They address the role that human nature both actually does and potentially may play in forming a foundation for and acting as an exemplification of fundamental rights. Beyond that, they give attention to the challenges caused by Life Sciences. Human nature itself is subject to transformation and transgression in an unprecedented manner. The essays reflect on issues such as reproduction, species manipulation, corporeal autonomy and enhancement. Contributors are jurists, philosophers and political scientists from Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Poland and Japan.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
About the Authors
Marion Albers, Thomas Hoffmann, Jorn Reinhardt
I The Role of Nature in Human Rights Discourse - Foundations and Limitations
1. The Double Foundation of Human Rights in Human Nature
Corinna Mieth
2. Human Rights and Human Animals
Bernd Ladwig
3. Human Rights, Human Dignity, and the Human Life Form
Thomas Hoffmann
4. Rethinking Human Nature as a Basis for Human Rights
Harun Tepe
5. The Relationship between Human Nature and Human Rights. The Confu-cian Example
Mateusz Stepien
6. The Natural Faculty of Empathy as a Basis for Human Rights
Frederik von Harbou
7. Human Rights and Basic Needs
Peter Schaber
8. Human Rights Beyond Naturalism
Arnd Pollmann
9. Human Rights, Human Nature and the Feasibility Issue
Jorn Reinhardt
II Species manipulation and the transformation of human nature Challenges to human rights
10. How to Protect "Human Nature" - by Human Dignity, Human Rights or with "Species-Ethics" Argumentations?
Georg Lohmann
11. Species, Potentiality and their Manipulation
Markus Rothhaar
12. Collection of Human Tissue Samples in Biobanks: Challenges to Human Rights
Bianka S. Dorr
13. The Body, the Law and the Market: Public Policy Implications in a Liberal State
Ingrid Schneider
14. Should Society Guarantee Individuals the Right to Maintain "Normal Functioning"?: A Genetic Minimalist Approach in a Globalized World
Tetsu Sakurai
15. Enhancement, Human Nature and Human Rights
Marion Albers