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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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Philosophizing the Real World of Human Rights

Philosophizing the Real World of Human Rights

A Reply to Samuel Moyn

(p.88) 2.1 Philosophizing the Real World of Human Rights
Human Rights: Moral or Political?

John Tasioulas

Oxford University Press

It is argued that Samuel Moyn’s critique of Tasioulas’s ‘Towards a Philosophy of Human Rights’ is undermined by an overly ambitious conception of the supposed goals of philosophical enquiry into human rights and by a serious misinterpretation of the nature of Tasioulas’s ‘orthodox’ theory of human rights as affirming that such rights apply timelessly. With these misconceptions set aside, it becomes clear that a philosophical theory of human rights, such as the orthodox account, can help us illuminate and evaluate the complex realities of contemporary human rights practice, such as the creation of a non-statist and non-legalist human rights framework through the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Keywords:   history of human rights, history and philosophy, philosophical methodology, human rights law, theory and practice

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