The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Anthony J. Langlois

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Understanding the history of the human rights idea is essential to understanding the debates and problems that arise when we try to theorize human rights. Despite the rhetoric of human rights - that are universal, inalienable, inherent, and so on - the contemporary usage of rights is a very recent affair, emergent out of the history of the West...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Rights
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
EditorsMichael Goodhart
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780190088569, 9780190085476
ISBN (Print)9780190085469
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Human Rights
  • Philosophical foundations


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