Bases of Human Rights in Hinduism

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195665857
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082025 | DOI:
Bases of Human Rights in Hinduism

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This chapter examines the foundations of human rights in the Western world, as a prelude to identifying their bases, if any, in Hinduism. Four foundations of human rights can be identified in the current literature on the subject in the West. These are legal, moral, ethical, and religious in nature or conception. According to the positivistic or legal view of human rights, human rights are legal entities—no more, no less. The moral view of human rights is grounded in the perception that human rights, as legal entities, stem from a moral vision of the world, of which they constitute a legal expression. The ethical view of human rights may be traced to Bentham, and especially his successor, John Stuart Mill. The religious view suggests that human rights can be derived from the different religious traditions of the world.

Keywords: human rights; Western world; legal; moral; ethical; religious; Bentham; John Stuart Mill

Chapter.  11177 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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