The Argument via Individualism

Arvind Sharma

in Are Human Rights Western?

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679489
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081714 | DOI:
The Argument via Individualism

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This chapter examines the argument via individualism for the claim that human rights are Western. It suggests that while the Universal Declaration of Human Rights invokes concepts of both human rights and human dignity, it actually seems to develop the former at the expense of the latter. As the doctrine of human rights possesses an individualistic orientation, such a development could explain why human rights discourse tends to be associated with individualism, especially outside the West. But if human rights discourse is viewed as embracing both the concepts of human rights per se as well as that of human dignity, then the perspective changes. Human dignity should be looked upon as a broader category than human rights, and as such include three other categories: (1) responsibilities, (2) roles, and (3) relationships.

Keywords: human rights; individualism; human dignity

Chapter.  3074 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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