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An Age of Human Rights?

Upendra Baxi

in The Future of Human Rights

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195690439
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690439.003.0001
An Age of Human Rights?

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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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