Much of the twentieth century of the Christian Era, especially its latter half, is hailed as the Age of Human Rights. In some ways, human rights sociolect emerges, in this era of the end of ideology, as the only universal ideology in the making, enabling both the legitimation of power and the praxes of emancipatory politics. For the hundreds of millions of the ‘wretched of the earth’, human rights enunciations matter, if at all, as and when they provide, even if contingently, shields against torture and tyranny, deprivation and destitution, pauperization and powerlessness, desexualization and degradation. However, the meta-languages of human rights thus remain problematic on the plane of representation and mediation of human suffering. This chapter examines human rights and some important concepts related to it, including clarity of conviction and communication, ethics, morality, human suffering, governance, logics and paralogics, and radical evil.
Keywords: human rights; radical evil; politics; ethics; morality; logics; paralogics; governance; human suffering; power
Chapter. 13236 words.
Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration
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