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Human Rights: Moral or Political?$
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Adam Etinson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713258

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198713258.001.0001

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Human Rights in Heaven

Human Rights in Heaven

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Human Rights: Moral or Political?

Samuel Moyn

Oxford University Press

This chapter inquires into the value of philosophical debates about human rights for those interested in international and transnational human rights politics. At a minimum, the goal is to insist that philosophers have an honest answer to what broader purposes they are serving when they bring their unique skills to a fraught global debate—and what risks of their own they incur given the temptation of falling back on their talents for affirming normativity and clarifying norms rather than explaining what the rest of us do with them in a complex world of passion and force. Slightly more boldly, the point is to call for an alternative version of philosophy—including an alternative philosophy of human rights—that embraces the situation that outsiders acknowledge as an unavoidable condition: caught in the rough and tumble or outright strife of politics, in a historically constituted world, that even philosophy cannot escape.

Keywords:   history of human rights, history and philosophy, philosophical methodology, human rights, jurisprudence

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