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Philosophy of Human Rights


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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

About the Author

David Boersema is the Douglas C. Strain Professor of Natural Philosophy and Distinguished University Professor at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Pragmatism and Reference and Philosophy of Science, and coeditor of Spiritual and Political Dimensions on Nonviolence and Peace.


"This is a superb book. Boersema gives readers judicious, balanced selections from leading theorists--historical and contemporary--on many controversial aspects of human rights. Boersema provides introductions that are clear, thorough, and eminently readable. This book sets a new standard for the teaching of human rights, both within political theory, and in connection with controversial policies." --Robert Paul Churchill, George Washington University "David Boersema's Philosophy of Human Rights combines the unity and accessibility of a single-authored text with the diverse and competing views of an anthology. It contains selections from such notable scholars as Alan Dershowitz, Ronald Dworkin, Richard Epstein, Joel Feinberg, Carol Gould, H.L.A. Hart, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Joseph Raz, joined together with introductory and explanatory text by the author. It is hard to imagine a more student-friendly approach." --James P. Sterba, University of Notre Dame "David Boersema's Philosophy of Human Rights is, above all, thorough and readable. It offers discussions of all the major questions about rights, from high theory to very specific practice. No one will have any difficulty reading and understanding these discussions, even when they get into matters that have been the subject of intricate and subtle inquiry in philosophical periodicals and books. The book is unusual in combining the usually distinct functions of an anthology and a monograph. We get a wide array of discussions from the horse's mouth, but we also get sensible linking material so that we know, pretty much, where we are at and why. He has to be congratulated on this. I should think this book will have a very wide acceptance among teachers dealing with this important subject." --Jan Narveson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo

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