Human Rights: Institutions and Agendas
34 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2008
Date Written: August 11, 2008
In this paper, forthcoming in Public Affairs Quarterly, I develop an essentially Rawlsian conception of basic human rights. I first stake out a methodological orientation to the question of basic human rights. I then provide a theoretical grounding for a minimalist conception of such rights. I conclude by distinguishing between several basic human rights agendas and by noting the institutional implications of each.
Keywords: human rights, rawls, liberalism, toleration, justice, cosmopolitanism
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