Griffin on Human Rights

Griffin on Human Rights

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Human rights are one of the most controversial and widely discussed ideas in contemporary politics, ethics, and law--and one of the most significant contributors to the debate has been James Griffin, formerly White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. In his book, On Human Rights, and in other work, Griffin has defended the view that contemporary judicial understandings of human rights rest on an insecure theoretical basis. Thishas had the result that the language of human rights has been over-extended, and consequently has less force where it really matters. On Griffin's view, human rights are best understood as protections of ouragency and personhood, and he argues his case with reference to many real-life human rights cases. This volume collects several of the most significant responses to Griffin by internationally leading moral and political philosophers. It also includes a response by Griffin himself.Versions of this essay were presented to the Tuesday afternoon legal philosophy group at Oxford, the Colloquium in Legal ... at University College London, and to a conference on human rights in honour of James Griffin at Rutgers University.

Title:Griffin on Human Rights
Author: Roger Crisp
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2014

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