David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Law and Ethics of Human Rights 3 (1):40-47 (2009)
In his ambitious paper, Risse addresses many important topics ranging from very general issues about what human rights are to quite specific questions about rights to work and leisure. I comment on four themes arranged in order of decreasing generality: Risse's understanding of what human rights are, Risse's suggestion that a conception of human rights should best be "basis-driven," Risse's particular basis-driven conception of human rights, and Risse's specific position on human rights relating to labor and leisure. What grounds can Risse give us for accepting his revisionist understanding of human rights as membership rights, which is so dramatically at odds with fundamental fixed points that have been taken for granted in human rights disputes over the last 60 years or so? If Risse has his way, then the treatment of a human being by others raises human rights concerns only if she is a participant in the global order and only if her treatment is a matter of international concern. It is obvious how this understanding of human rights is welcome to those who seek to free their own conduct or their country's policies from human-rights constraints. Appealing to Risse's understanding, they will be able to block criticisms based on human rights by denying, for example, that the people of the Gaza Strip are members of the global order or by denying that the torture of Burmese citizens within Burma is a matter of international concern. For those whose human rights are in jeopardy, Risse's understanding of human rights could be a disaster. We should therefore examine very closely the arguments he may yet produce for his understanding and, unless they are hugely compelling, stick to the orthodox understanding of human rights as rights that all human beings have against all other human agents
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|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
Mathias Risse (2009). A Right to Work? A Right to Leisure? Labor Rights as Human Rights. Law and Ethics of Human Rights 3 (1):1-39.
Mathias Risse (2012). On Global Justice. Princeton University Press.
Mathias Risse (2009). Common Ownership of the Earth as a Non-Parochial Standpoint: A Contingent Derivation of Human Rights. European Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):277-304.
Cedric E. Dawkins (2012). Labored Relations. Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (3):473-500.
Mathias Risse (2012). Benhabib , Seyla . Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times . Cambridge: Polity Press, 2011. Pp. 288. $69.95 (Cloth); $24.95 (Paper). [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (4):790-797.
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.
W. J. Talbott (2010). Human Rights and Human Well-Being. Oxford University Press.
Gary Chartier (2008). Sweatshops, Labor Rights, and Comparative Advantage. Oregon Review of International Law 10 (1):149--188.
Alan Hyde (2009). The International Labor Organization in the Stag Hunt for Global Labor Rights. Law and Ethics of Human Rights 3 (2):154-179.
Manuel Toscano (2012). Language Rights as Collective Rights: Some Conceptual Considerations on Language Rights. Res Publica 27:109-118.
John Mahoney (2007). The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development, and Significance. Blackwell Pub..
Charles Courtney (2008). On Not Excluding the Poor Yet Again. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 11:25-32.
João Cardoso Rosas (2008). Human Rights. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 11:93-100.
Added to index2010-09-13
Total downloads38 ( #53,963 of 1,679,308 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #60,347 of 1,679,308 )
How can I increase my downloads?