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Limits of Ethics in International Relations: Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition

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In his major new work, David Boucher surveys the history of thinking about human rights and shows that far from being seen as univ... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

In his major new work, David Boucher surveys the history of thinking about human rights and shows that far from being seen as universal and emancipatory, they have almost always privileged certain groups in relation to others.

Autorentext

David Boucher is Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations at Cardiff University, adjunct professor of international relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre, Cardiff. He has written widely on British Idealism, history of political thought, international relations theory, and popular culture. Among his books are The Social and Political Thought of R. G. Collingwood (CUP, 1989), The Political Theory of International Relations (OUP, 1998); British Idealism and Political Theory (EUP, 2001); and, Dylan and Cohen: Poets of Rock and Roll (Continuum, 2004). Among his edited books are, The Social Contract and Its Critics (Routledge, 1996); The British Idealists (CUP, 1997), The Scottish Idealists (Imprint Academic, 2005); R. G. Collingwood, The Philosophy of Enchantment (OUP, 2005, with Wendy James and Phillip Smallwood).



Klappentext

Ethical constraints on relations among individuals within and between societies have always reflected or invoked a higher authority than the caprices of human will. For over two thousand years Natural Law and Natural Rights were the constellations of ideas and presuppositions that fulfilled this role in the west, and exhibited far greater similarities than most commentators want to admit. Such ideas were the lens through which Europeans evaluated the rest of the world. In his major new book David Boucher rejects the view that Natural Rights constituted a secularisation of Natural Law ideas by showing that most of the significant thinkers in the field, in their various ways, believed that reason leads you to the discovery of your obligations, while God provides the ground for discharging them. Furthermore, the book maintains that Natural Rights and Human Rights are far less closely related than is often asserted because Natural Rights never cast adrift the religious foundationalism, whereas Human Rights, for the most part, have jettisoned the Christian metaphysics upon which both Natural Law and Natural Rights depended. Human Rights theories, on the whole, present us with foundationless universal constraints on the actions of individuals, both domestically and internationally. Finally, one of the principal contentions of the book is that these purportedly universal rights and duties almost invariably turn out to be conditional, and upon close scrutiny end up being 'special' rights and privileges as the examples of multicultural encounters, slavery and racism, and women's rights demonstrate.

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Titel: Limits of Ethics in International Relations: Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition
Untertitel: Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition
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EAN: 9780191616976
ISBN: 978-0-19-161697-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oup Oxford
Genre: Vergleichende und internationale Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 432
Veröffentlichung: 21.05.2009
Jahr: 2009
Untertitel: Englisch
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