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The Idea of Human Rights

Charles R. Beitz


The international doctrine of human rights is one of the most ambitious parts of the settlement of World War II. Since then, the language of human rights has become the common language of social criticism in global political life. This book is a theoretical examination of the central idea of that language, the idea of a human right. In contrast to more conventional philosophical studies, the book takes a practical approach, looking at the history and political practice of human rights for guidance in understanding the central idea. It presents a model of human rights as matters of internationa ... More

Keywords: international doctrine, human rights, rights to democracy, poverty, pathologies, collaboration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles R. Beitz, author
Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University.

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