David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (1):117-132 (1998)
In this paper, I discuss some challenges to the discourse of universal human rights made by those who insist that the existence of pluralism and cultural diversity count against it. I focus on arguments made in a recent article by Vinay Lal but also address several other criticisms of universal human rights-arguments hinted at, but not elaborated, by Lal. I maintain that these challenges frequently fail to distinguish the discourse of human rights from its adoption by certain states to advance foreign policy objectives, and suggest that, even when these criticisms appear plausible, closer inspection reveals that they are either inconsistent or simply do not succeed. I conclude that the notion of universal human rights still has an important place in a culturally diverse and pluralist world
|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
Alistair M. Macleod (2008). Universal Human Rights and Cultural Diversity. Social Philosophy Today 24:13-26.
Rowan Cruft (2005). Human Rights, Individualism and Cultural Diversity. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (3):265-287.
John Mahoney (2007). The Challenge of Human Rights: Origin, Development, and Significance. Blackwell Pub..
Benjamin Gregg (2010). Anti-Imperialism: Generating Universal Human Rights Out of Local Norms. Ratio Juris 23 (3):289-310.
Dana Irina (2011). A Culture of Human Rights and the Right to Culture. Journal for Communication and Culture 1 (2):30-48.
Mathias Thaler (2010). How (Not What) Shall We Think About Human Rights and Religious Arguments: Public Reasoning and Beyond. E-Cadernos CES (9):115–133.
João Cardoso Rosas (2008). Human Rights. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 11:93-100.
P. J. Lomelino (2007). Individuals and Relational Beings. Social Philosophy Today 23:87-101.
David Little (1999). Rethinking Human Rights: A Review Essay on Religion, Relativism, and Other Matters. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (1):149 - 177.
Doris Schroeder (2012). Human Rights and Human Dignity. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (3):323-335.
Theresa Waynand Tobin (2005). The Non-Modularity of Moral Knowledge. Social Philosophy Today 21:33-50.
Louis Pojman (1991). A Critique of Contemporary Egalitarianism. Faith and Philosophy 8 (4):481-504.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads14 ( #246,496 of 1,792,834 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #345,624 of 1,792,834 )
How can I increase my downloads?