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Grounding human rights

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This paper examines the idea of human rights, and how they should be justified. It begins by reviewing Peter Jones’s claim that the purpose of human rights is to allow people from different cultural backgrounds to live together as equals, and suggests that this by itself provides too slender a basis. Instead it proposes that human rights should be grounded on human needs. Three difficulties with this proposal are considered. The first is the problem of whether needs are sufficiently objective...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1080/13698230.2012.699396

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
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Routledge
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Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy More from this journal
Volume:
15
Issue:
4
Pages:
407-427
Publication date:
2012-08-07
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1743-8772
ISSN:
1369-8230
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315337
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2017-07-25

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