Human Rights and Liberal Toleration
23 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2009 Last revised: 6 Sep 2017
Date Written: July 19, 2009
In this paper (revised 8/01/09, revised again 8/07/09)), I respond to Jim Nickel's criticisms of John Rawls's conception of human rights in 'The Law of Peoples.' In the process, and in the context of developing what I take to be a Rawlsian position on human rights, I explore the relationships between human rights and two forms of liberal toleration. I close by noting four fault lines running beneath the surface of a good deal of contemporary theoretical debate over human rights. I suggest that advancing that debate is unlikely absent closer and fuller attention to these fault lines.
Keywords: human rights, liberalism, international relations, justice, Rawls, toleration, humanitarian intervention
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