Philosophical Theory and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
ed. William Sweet
 University of Ottawa Press

The last 100 years can be described as pivotal in our appreciation of human rights.  From the Déclaration des droits internationaux de l'homme of 12 October 1929 to the more recent discussion of the establishment of an International Court of Justice, the notions of "rights" and "international human rights" have extended beyond rarefied philosophical discourse to become part of our basic vocabulary. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 is a key document that is central to contemporary dialogues about human rights. The UDHR and its subsequent protocols and conventions enumerate a lengthy list of rights that many recognize as fundamental in ensuring human dignity.
    Philosophical Theory and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights examines the relations and interrelations among theoretical and practical analyses of human rights.  Edited by William Sweet, this extensive volume draws on the work of philosophers, political theorists, and those involved in the implementation of human rights. Although diverse in subject and approach, the essays collectively argue that the language of rights and the corresponding legal and political instruments have an important place in contemporary social and political philosophy.       
    William Sweet is Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis Xavier University. 


 Introduction: Theories of Rights and Political and Legal Instruments
                           William Sweet

Theories of Rights:

      1. Natural Law and Natural Rights
              Howard Kainz
      2. The Ethical Background of the Rights of Women: Cudworth, Macaulay and Wollstonecraft
              Sarah Hutton
      3. Philosophical Anthropology, the Saumur Philosophers, and Economic Rights
              Leslie Armour
      4. T. H. Green on Rights and the Common Good
              Rex Martin
      5. A Postsecular Exchange: Jacques Maritain, John Dewey, And Karl Marx
              Thomas Jeannot
The United Nations Declaration and Human Rights:
      6. Human Rights:  50 Years Later
              Mostafa Faghfoury
      7. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Maritain and the Universality Of Human Rights
              Bradley Munro
      8. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Supreme Court of Canada
              Jack Iwanicki
      9. Human Rights and the Survival Imperative: Rwanda's Troubled Legacy
              Philip Lancaster
Rights after the UN Declaration:
        10. Reconciling Individual Rights and the Common Good: Aquinas and Contemporary Canadian Law
                Jason West and Paul Groarke
        11. Solidarity and Human Rights
                William Sweet
        12. Universal Human Rights and Aboriginal Land Claims
                David Lea
        13.  Moderating the Philosophy of Rights
                Ralph Nelson
        14.  MacIntyre or Gewirth? Virtue, Rights, and the Problem Of Moral Indeterminacy
                Gregory Walters


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