David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Law and Justice 157:39-53 (2006)
Despite the prevalence of human rights talk in Western jurisprudence, there has never been less belief in or acceptance of, any genuine form of objective morality. Academics reject the reality of moral objectivity and proclaim, as an objective truth, that morality is a mere “socio-historical construct”, illusory because always outweighed by worse consequences, expressions of subjective preference or mere evidence of culturally relative predilections. If morality is not that, then it is thought to be evidence of the power of the ruling elite in an essentially value-free universe. This article examines moral scepticism and moral relativism as a bedrock for human rights laws. It argues that if we are to retain any coherent and meaningful concept of human rights we will have to jettison our moral relativism.
|Keywords||Human rights Natural law Moral scepticism Moral relativism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
W. J. Talbott (2010). Human Rights and Human Well-Being. Oxford University Press.
Robert Alexy (2012). Law, Morality, and the Existence of Human Rights. Ratio Juris 25 (1):2-14.
John Mahoney (2007). The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development, and Significance. Blackwell Pub..
Barbara de Mori (2001). Human Rights and Concept of Person. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):159-169.
Mary M. Brabeck & Lauren Rogers (2000). Human Rights as a Moral Issue: Lessons for Moral Educators From Human Rights Work. Journal of Moral Education 29 (2):167-182.
Gary B. Herbert (2005). On the Misconceived Genealogy of Human Rights. Social Philosophy Today 21:17-32.
Clark Butler (2002). Human Rights. Philo 5 (1):5-22.
Tom Campbell, Jeffrey Goldsworthy & Adrienne Stone (eds.) (2003). Protecting Human Rights: Instruments and Institutions. OUP Oxford.
Shaoping Gan (2009). Human Dignity as a Right. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):370-384.
Hugh V. McLachlan (2010). Moral Rights to Life, Both Natural and Non-Natural: Reflections on James Griffin's Account of Human Rights. Diametros 26:58-76.
George E. Panichas (1985). The Structure of Basic Human Rights. Law and Philosophy 4 (3):343 - 375.
Added to index2012-09-15
Total downloads24 ( #122,880 of 1,725,867 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #166,958 of 1,725,867 )
How can I increase my downloads?