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The Philosophical Argument

Arvind Sharma

in Are Human Rights Western?

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679489
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679489.003.0015
The Philosophical Argument

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This chapter examines the argument that human rights may be considered Western in the sense that the attempt to universalize them has philosophically failed. It considers the sceptical stance towards human rights, which requires that the question of the existence of moral universals must be addressed as the philosophical category with which human rights may be associated. Sceptics claim that no reasonable resolutions exist to the questions posed by how one might arrive at moral universals. It is argued that despite the critique that human rights cannot be adequately described as ‘universal’ in the Western sense of the term, or that to universalize them in the Western sense has failed, there might be other philosophical perspectives, as yet unidentified, from which their universal dimension may appear less problematic.

Keywords: human rights; philosophy; sceptical stance; moral universals; universal dimension; sceptics

Chapter.  1699 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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