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Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao, and Massimo Renzo


What makes something a human right? What is the relationship between the moral foundations of human rights and human rights law? What are the difficulties of appealing to human rights? This book offers a survey of current thinking on the philosophical foundations of human rights. Divided into four parts, this book focuses first on the moral grounds of human rights, for example in our dignity, agency, interests or needs. Secondly, it looks at the reciprocal relationship between the moral groundings of human rights and the law and politics of human rights. Thirdly, it discusses specific and topi ... More

Keywords: human right, moral grounds, dignity, agency, feminism, Kant, relativism

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rowan Cruft, editor
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Stirling

S. Matthew Liao, editor
Director of the Bioethics Program and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy, New York University

Massimo Renzo, editor
Associate Professor, University of Warwick

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The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao, and Massimo Renzo

Part I Human Rights’ Foundations

Part II Human Rights in Law and Politics

16 Specifying Human Rights

Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Part III Canonical and Contested Human Rights

23 The Right to Security

Liora Lazarus

Part IV Human Rights: Concerns and Alternatives

35 Care and Human Rights

Virginia Held

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