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Human Rights: Confronting Myths and Misunderstandings

Fagan, A (2009) Human Rights: Confronting Myths and Misunderstandings. Edward Elgar. ISBN 978-1-84844-161-3

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Abstract

This book offers both an introduction to and a critical analysis of enduring themes and issues in the contemporary theory and practice of human rights. The author argues that the moral authority and practical efficacy of human rights are adversely affected by a range of myths and misunderstandings ? from claims regarding the moral status of human rights as an allegedly fully comprehensive moral doctrine to the view that the possession of rights is anti-ethical to recognising the importance of moral duties. The author also examines such issues as the claim that human rights can ultimately only be said to exist as legal phenomena and the claim that nation-states are inherently hostile to the spirit of human rights. Discussion cuts across academic boundaries in an attempt to defend human rights against those who have come to expect too much and those who expect too little from human rights.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 22:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4149

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