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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One. Human Rights in History The ancient classical world The world of the Bible The mediaeval world Renaissance and Reformation thought Hobbes and Rousseau Revolution in England American independence The French Declaration of the Rights of Man English resistance to human rights German developments: Kant and Marx Chapter Two. The Modern Human Rights Movement The Charter of the United Nations Organisation The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Continental Developments The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights Wider human rights developments British developments Conclusion Chapter Three. Clarifying Human Rights Some useful distinctions Rights and duties The proliferation of rights Individuals-in-society Social divisiveness Ethical imperialism? A challenge to all cultures The strengths of human rights Chapter Four. Establishing Human Rights A matter of belief An essential requirement The nature of persons Intuitionist approaches Human dignity ¿The wonder of our being¿ Major opponents Conclusion Chapter Five. The Globalising of Human Rights Global expansion Seeking a global ethic Cultural relativism Global human rights Towards cosmopolitanism The inadequacies of states ¿Principled¿ cosmopolitanism Human solidarity Bibliography Index
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Human rights -- History.
Human rights -- Philosophy.