Philosophy of Human Rights: A Systematic Introduction [Hardback]

  • Formāts: Hardback, 260 pages, height x width: 229x152 mm, weight: 690 g, 1 Tables, black and white
  • Izdošanas datums: 07-Oct-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Routledge
  • ISBN-10: 1138787345
  • ISBN-13: 9781138787346
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  • Formāts: Hardback, 260 pages, height x width: 229x152 mm, weight: 690 g, 1 Tables, black and white
  • Izdošanas datums: 07-Oct-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Routledge
  • ISBN-10: 1138787345
  • ISBN-13: 9781138787346
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During the last 20 years, philosophers from different quarters and with very different approaches have begun to theorize human rights in an outpouring of authored and edited books and journal articles. In addition, among policy makers and in the legal arena—the so called workings fields of human rights—there have been noteworthy investigations of human rights that tackle philosophical issues.

In this book, Anat Biletzki brings a systematic approach to the multitudinous philosophical analyses of human rights, offering a cohesive overview and analysis of this diverse but now very active field. She explores both the conceptual and historical treatments of human rights and the roots of its practice and examines its derivation from classical theories of rights all the way to existing uses. The book is "contemporary" in two senses: it investigates the most current human rights issues and it addresses emerging criticism of human rights, now arising in various sectors.

A long introduction provides background information on the history of human rights, a synopsis of modern-day documents, and an articulation of basic questions. This is followed by a section on the philosophical groundings of human rights, proceeding from a philosophy of rights, to specific theories of human rights, to the questions of universalism vs. relativism. The third sections focuses on specific philosophical issues in human rights, including cultural relativity, economic rights, women’s rights, group, indigenous, and minority rights, security, and sovereignty and humanitarian intervention. And a final section on critiques of human rights has separate chapters on postmodernism, anti-foundationalism, and human rights discourse and practice.


"Biletzki has written the definitive account of the human rights thinking that emerges from centuries of philosophical conversations. She covers, succinctly and clearly, the most fundamental classical writers, for example Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rawls, as well as scores of contemporary ones like Arendt, Nussbaum, Balibar and Levinas. She deftly lays out complicated material about the most fundamental issues and conflicts within the field: the relationship between equality and freedom, the ability to have rights and its relationship to state formation, the way our very language shapes our thinking, whether human rights need to be religiously grounded, whether human rights doctrine is inherently Eurocentric, ferociously individualistic, and selectively enforced... If you are looking for one book on the swathe of human rights ideas, their history and practical implications, then this is the book for you." - Eve Spangler, Author of Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict, Boston College, USA "Anat Biletzki gives us a sophisticated and accessible discourse on pivotal issues of philosophy-how rights are conceived and practiced, contested and reshaped, beaten back and reasserted. The Philosophy of Human Rights is both a substantial rendering of the attendant philosophical understandings of rights and illustrations of how rights emerge in lived experience." - John Tirman, Executive Director & Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for International Studies, USA "A deeply ethical, beautifully written philosophical exploration of our very notion of 'human rights'. Anat Biletzski's masterful survey of theory, of practice, and current realities is timely, wise, and desperately needed." - Juliet Floyd, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University, USA

Introduction Part I: Overview
1. Fundamentals
2. The Legal Framework
3. Some Questions (about Human Rights) Part II: Philosophical Groundings
4. Liberal Underpinnings
5. Theories of Rights
6. Theories of Human Rights Part III: Issues in Human Rights
7. The Universalism of Human Rights
8. Groups and Other Collections
9. Rights on Our Mind
10. Global Economic Rights
11. Security, Sovereignty, and Humanitarian Intervention Part IV: Critique
12. Philosophical Critique of Human Rights
13. Back to the Rough Ground Epilogue: On the Ground
Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, having previously been at the Philosophy Department at Tel Aviv University for many years. Her publications include: Talking Wolves: Thomas Hobbes on the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language (1997), and (Over)Interpreting Wittgenstein (2003). She served as chairperson of B'Tselem-the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (2001-2006) and was nominated among the "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize-2005."