Monday, May 06, 2013

New Book: "Human Rights - The Hard Questions"

Human Rights
The Hard Questions

Ed. by Cindy Holder & David Reidy

(Cambridge University Press, May 2013)

488 pages



The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. A burgeoning human rights movement followed, yielding many treaties and new international institutions and shaping the constitutions and laws of many states. Yet human rights continue to be contested politically and legally and there is substantial philosophical and theoretical debate over their foundations and implications. In this volume, distinguished philosophers, political scientists, international lawyers, environmentalists and anthropologists discuss some of the most difficult questions of human rights theory and practice: what do human rights require of the global economy? Does it make sense to secure them by force? What do they require in jus post bello contexts of transitional justice? Is global climate change a human rights issue? Is there a human right to democracy? Does the human rights movement constitute moral progress? For students of political philosophy, human rights, peace studies and international relations.


Introduction - Cindy Holder & David Reidy

Part I. What are Human Rights?
1. Human Rights and Human Nature - Chris Brown
2. Universalism and Particularism in Human Rights - Neil Walker
3. Are Human Rights Universal? - Rex Martin

Part II. How do Human Rights Relate to Group Rights and Culture?
4. The Significance of Cultural Difference for Human Rights - Alison Dundes Renteln
5. Groups and Human Rights - Peter Jones
6. Entangled: Family, Religion and Human Rights [video] - Ayelet Shachar
7. What does Cultural Difference Require of Human Rights? - Claudio Corradetti

Part III. What do Human Rights Require of the Global Economy?
8. What do Human Rights Require of the Global Economy? - Adam McBeth
9. Universal Human Rights in the Global Political Economy - Tony Evans
10. Human Rights and Global Equal Opportunity - Ann Cudd

Part IV. How do Human Rights Relate to Environmental Policy?
11. Human Rights in a Hostile Climate - Stephen M. Gardiner
12. A Human Rights Approach to Energy, Poverty and Gender Inequality - Gail Karlsson
13. Pollution Wolves in Scientific Sheep's Clothing - Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Part V. Is There a Human Right to Democracy?
14. Is There a Human Right to Democracy? - Hilary Charlesworth
15. The Human Right to Democracy and its Global Import - Carol Gould
16. An Egalitarian Argument for a Human Right to Democracy - Thomas Christiano

Part VI. What are the Limits of Rights Enforcement?
17. Is it ever Reasonable for One State to Invade Another for Humanitarian Reasons? - Julie Mertus
18. Conflicting Responsibilities to Protect Human Rights - Larry May
19. Searching for the Hard Questions about Women's Human Rights - Marysia Zalewski
20. Are Human Rights Possible after Conflict? - Margaret Akello & Erin Baines

Part VII. Are Human Rights Progressive?:
21. Moral Progress and Human Rights - Allen Buchanan
22. Human Rights and Moral Agency - Mark Goodale
23. Gender Mainstreaming Human Rights - Laura Parisi

Cindy Holder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

David Reidy is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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