Assigning Functions to Human Rights: Methodological Issues in Human Rights Theory

Document Type


Publication Date


Publication Title

Human Rights: Moral or Political?


The ubiquity of human rights raises questions for the philosopher. If we want to understand these rights, where do we look? As a set of moral norms, it is tempting to think they can be grasped strictly from the armchair, say, by appeal to moral intuition. But what, if anything, can that kind of inquiry tell us about the human rights of contemporary politics, law, and civil society - that is, human rights as we ordinarily know them?

This volume brings together a distinguished, interdisciplinary group of scholars to address philosophical questions raised by the complex status of human rights as both moral rights, on the one hand, and legally, politically, and historically practised rights, on the other.



Publisher Information

Oxford University Press

  Publisher's Website   Find Near You