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Philosophy of Human Rights

Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By David Boersema


458 pages

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Combining the sustained, coherent perspective of an authored text with diverse, authoritative primary readings, Philosophy of Human Rights provides the context and commentary students need to comprehend challenging rights concepts. Clear, accessible writing, thoughtful consideration of primary source documents, and practical, everyday examples pertinent to students' lives enhance this core textbook for courses on human rights and political philosophy. The first part of the book explores theoretical aspects, including the nature, justification, content, and scope of rights. With an emphasis on contemporary issues and debates, the second part applies these theories to practical issues such as political discourse, free expression, the right to privacy, children's rights, and victims' rights. The third part of the book features the crucial documents that are referred to throughout the book, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples' Rights, and many more.

Table of Contents

Preface INTRODUCTION PART I: THEORY CHAPTER 1: The Nature of Rights CHAPTER 2: The Justification of Rights CHAPTER 3: The Content and Scope of Rights CHAPTER 4: Rights Holders CHAPTER 5: Criticisms of Rights PART II: PRACTICE AND APPLICATIONS CHAPTER 6: Rights and Political Discourse CHAPTER 7: Global Rights Discourse CHAPTER 8: Right to Free Expression CHAPTER 9: Employment Rights CHAPTER 10: Right to Privacy CHAPTER 11: Intellectual Property Rights CHAPTER 12: Victims' Rights CHAPTER 13: Children's Rights PART III: SELECTED RIGHTS DOCUMENTS U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776) U.S. Bill of Rights (1791) and Selected Later Amendments French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979) African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (Part I) (1981) Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (1990) Credits Index

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David Boersema

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