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Are Human Rights Western?: A Contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations

Arvin Sharma


This book attempts to examine the assumptions that human rights are Western, that Westerners have ‘their own concept of human rights’, and that ‘Western ideas of human rights have dominated international discourse’. If Westerners have their own concept of human rights, and if they are ‘human’ rights at the same time, then the following question arises: In precisely what way are they Western? And if they were in some sense Western in 1948, are they still so in 2005? The book is organized as follows. Part I presents arguments which tend to claim that human rights are Western on the basis of thei ... More

Keywords: human rights, Westerners, secular basis, economic dimension, capitalism, universality, rationality, philosophy, ethics, modernity, religion, colonialism, imperialism, racism, parochialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195679489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arvin Sharma, author
McGill University, Montreal

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