Human Rights and Toleration in Rawls

Human Rights Review 12 (1):1-14 (2011)
In a Society of Peoples as Rawls conceives it, human rights function as “criteria for toleration.” This paper defends the conception of human rights that appears in Rawls’ The Law of Peoples as normatively and theoretically adequate. I claim that human rights function as criteria for determining whether or not a given society or legal system can be tolerated. As such, “human rights” are not themselves basic facts or judgments or ascriptions, but rather the means by which we collectively attempt to secure public criteria for evaluating what can and cannot be tolerated. Human rights are one expression of the fundamental value commitments of Political Liberalism to reasonableness and tolerance. If correct, this account provides good reasons for concluding that Political Liberalism has a normatively adequate conception of global justice
Keywords Political Liberalism  Toleration  Law of Peoples  Human rights  Rawls  Criteria
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DOI 10.1007/s12142-010-0155-x
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The Law of Peoples.John Rawls - 1999 - Harvard University Press.
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