Human Rights

Jack Donnelly

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Human Rights

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This article offers a conceptual analysis of human rights, a brief account of their historical evolution, and an introduction to some leading theoretical controversies. It discusses the source and substance, the justification, and the duty-bearers of human rights. It suggests that we must be careful not to exaggerate the place of human rights in our political practices because while it prioritizes the rights of individuals, it also draws attention away from the legitimate interests and claims of states, societies, and families.

Keywords: human rights; political practices; states; societies; families

Article.  7041 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; International Relations

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