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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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Genealogies of Human Rights

Genealogies of Human Rights

What’s at Stake?

(p.103) 2.2 Genealogies of Human Rights
Human Rights: Moral or Political?

Jeffrey Flynn

Oxford University Press

This commentary on essays by Koskenniemi, Brett, Moyn, and Tasioulas analyses the relations between several ways of doing the history of human rights—depending on whether they focus on the substance, range of application, or political salience of human rights—and ways of doing the philosophy of human rights. More specifically, it argues that Moyn and Tasioulas are talking past each other when debating how we should think about the function of human rights. It concludes by considering topics on which philosophers and historians might fruitfully collaborate in thinking about human rights.

Keywords:   human rights, genealogy, history, philosophy

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