Natural Human Rights: A Theory

Natural Human Rights: A Theory

By: Michael Boylan (author)Hardback

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This timely book by internationally regarded scholar of ethics and social/political philosophy, Michael Boylan, focuses on the history, application and significance of human rights in the West and China. Boylan engages the key current philosophical debates prevalent in human rights discourse today and draws them together to argue for the existence of natural, universal human rights. Arguing against the grain of mainstream philosophical beliefs, Boylan asserts that there is continuity between human rights and natural law and that human beings require basic, essential goods for minimum action. These include food, clean water and sanitation, clothing, shelter and protection from bodily harm, including basic healthcare. The achievement of this goal, Boylan demonstrates, will require significant resource allocation and creative methods of implementation involving public and private institutions. Combining technical argument with four fictional narratives about human rights, the book invites readers to engage with the most important aspects of the discipline.

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About Author

Michael Boylan is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Marymount University. He is author of 26 books and more than 100 articles. His monograph A Just Society (2004) was recently the subject of an edited volume featuring fourteen authors from eight countries, entitled Morality and Justice: Reading Boylan's 'A Just Society'. He has served on professional and governmental policy committees and was a Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a program presenter at the Brookings Institution. He is an international figure who has been an invited speaker at a number of prominent universities outside the United States, including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, University College London, Trinity College (Dublin), University College (Dublin), The Sorbonne, The Katholic University of Leuven, University of Oslo, University of Copenhagen, Cologne University, Bochum University, Twente and Delft Universities, Santiago University (Chile), University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Charles Sturt University (Waga Waga, Australia). He is also a published novelist and poet.

Contents

Part I. Conceptualizing Human Rights: 1. How do we talk about human rights?; 2. A short history of human rights in the West; 3. Human rights in China; Part II. Justifications for Human Rights: 4. Legal justifications; 5. Interest justifications; 6. Agency justifications; 7. Ontology, justice, and human rights; Part III. Applications of Human Rights: 8. War rape; 9. Political speech; 10. LGBT rights.

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/08/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107029859
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781107029859
  • weight: 560
  • ISBN10: 1107029856

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