On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights

Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

in Understanding Liberal Democracy

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744808 | DOI:
On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights

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This essay presents and critically analyzes some proposals for a secular grounding of human rights. The best of these, though not fully successful, comes fairly close to that. The essay then sketches a proposal for a theistic grounding that seems to be fully successful. Along the way we will discover that developing a successful theistic grounding proves a good deal less straightforward than many Christian writers assume.

Keywords: Calvin; John; capacity for rational agency; dignity; God; Imago Dei; Kant; personhood; relics; rights; worth

Chapter.  10782 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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