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Human Rights
The Hard Questions

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Cindy Holder, David Reidy, Chris Brown, Neil Walker, Rex Martin, Alison Dundes Renteln, Peter Jones, Ayelet Shachar, Claudio Corradetti, Adam McBeth, Tony Evans, Ann Cudd, Stephen M. Gardiner, Gail Karlsson, Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Hilary Charlesworth, Carol Gould, Thomas Christiano, Julie Mertus, Larry May, Marysia Zalewski, Margaret Akello, Erin Baines, Allen Buchanan, Mark Goodale, Laura Parisi
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  • Date Published: July 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521176262

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  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. A burgeoning human rights movement followed, yielding many treaties and new international institutions and shaping the constitutions and laws of many states. Yet human rights continue to be contested politically and legally and there is substantial philosophical and theoretical debate over their foundations and implications. In this volume distinguished philosophers, political scientists, international lawyers, environmentalists and anthropologists discuss some of the most difficult questions of human rights theory and practice: What do human rights require of the global economy? Does it make sense to secure them by force? What do they require in jus post bello contexts of transitional justice? Is global climate change a human rights issue? Is there a human right to democracy? Does the human rights movement constitute moral progress? For students of political philosophy, human rights, peace studies, and international relations.

    • Focuses on hard, unresolved questions - is not merely an introductory survey of what is already established
    • Puts legal, philosophical and anthropological points of view in conversation
    • Addresses a broad range of discussion, including the global economy, jus post bello contexts and global climate change
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    "… [a] superb book … bring[s] together 23 timely and substantive papers, organized around seven pressing yet perennial questions … The readability of Holder and Reidy's introduction, along with their perspicacious selection and grouping of readings, make this an ideal teaching text and also a valuable research volume. Summing up: highly recommended."
    D. B. Boersema, Choice

    "Cindy Holder and David Reidy have done a fine job assembling very useful discussions on many of the questions about human rights that keep philosophers, lawyers, political scientists, anthropologists and others busy."
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

    "I highly recommend [the book] to anyone interested in human rights or in political philosophy generally."
    Adam Hosein, Ethics

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    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521176262
    • length: 490 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Cindy Holder and David Reidy
    Part I. What are Human Rights?:
    1. Human rights and human nature Chris Brown
    2. Universalism and particularism in human rights Neil Walker
    3. Are human rights universal? Rex Martin
    Part II. How do Human Rights Relate to Group Rights and Culture?:
    4. The significance of cultural difference for human rights Alison Dundes Renteln
    5. Groups and human rights Peter Jones
    6. Entangled: family, religion and human rights Ayelet Shachar
    7. What does cultural difference require of human rights? Claudio Corradetti
    Part III. What do Human Rights Require of the Global Economy?:
    8. What do human rights require of the global economy? Beyond a narrow legal view Adam McBeth
    9. Universal human rights in the global political economy Tony Evans
    10. Human rights and global equal opportunity: inclusion not provision Ann Cudd
    Part IV. How do Human Rights Relate to Environmental Policy?:
    11. Human rights in a hostile climate Stephen M. Gardiner
    12. A human rights approach to energy, poverty and gender inequality Gail Karlsson
    13. Pollution wolves in scientific sheep's clothing: why environmental-risk assessors and policymakers ignore the 'hard issues' of the human rights of pollution victims Kristin Shrader-Frechette
    Part V. Is There a Human Right to Democracy?:
    14. Is there a human right to democracy? Hilary Charlesworth
    15. The human right to democracy and its global import Carol Gould
    16. An egalitarian argument for a human right to democracy Thomas Christiano
    Part VI. What are the Limits of Rights Enforcement?:
    17. Is it ever reasonable for one state to invade another for humanitarian reasons? The 'declaratory tradition' and the UN charter Julie Mertus
    18. Conflicting responsibilities to protect human rights Larry May
    19. Searching for the hard questions about women's human rights Marysia Zalewski
    20. Are human rights possible after conflict? Diary of a survivor Margaret Akello and Erin Baines
    Part VII. Are Human Rights Progressive?:
    21. Moral progress and human rights Allen Buchanan
    22. Human rights and moral agency Mark Goodale
    23. Gender mainstreaming human rights: a progressive path for equality? Laura Parisi.

  • Editors

    Cindy Holder, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    Cindy Holder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria. She has published articles on minority rights and the human rights of groups.

    David Reidy, University of Tennessee
    David Reidy is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee. His most recent publications include Rawls (edited, 2008) and Coercion and the State (co-edited with Walter Riker, 2008). He is co-editor with Jon Mandle of The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon (Cambridge, 2014) and A Companion to Rawls (2013).

    Contributors

    Cindy Holder, David Reidy, Chris Brown, Neil Walker, Rex Martin, Alison Dundes Renteln, Peter Jones, Ayelet Shachar, Claudio Corradetti, Adam McBeth, Tony Evans, Ann Cudd, Stephen M. Gardiner, Gail Karlsson, Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Hilary Charlesworth, Carol Gould, Thomas Christiano, Julie Mertus, Larry May, Marysia Zalewski, Margaret Akello, Erin Baines, Allen Buchanan, Mark Goodale, Laura Parisi

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