Amartya Sen and Human Rights<sup>*</sup>

Upendra Baxi

in Human Rights in a Posthuman World

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780198061762
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080212 | DOI:
Amartya Sen and Human Rights*

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This chapter discusses Amartya Sen and his advocacy of a general ethical ‘theory’ of human rights. A general theory is shown to provide a view of the constitutive characteristics of human rights and aims to provide the general discipline of human rights. The chapter states that the ‘Theory’ undoubtedly offers a work in progress, which implicates the notion of ‘work’. Out of the three forms of work — dream work, work of analysis, and work of becoming conscious — the ‘Theory’ attends to the work of analysis of human rights.

Keywords: Amartya Sen; constitutive characteristics; general discipline; human rights; forms of work; work of analysis; dream work; work of becoming conscious

Chapter.  16027 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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