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Reimagining Human Rights - Religion and the Common Good (Paperback) Loot Price: R786
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Reimagining Human Rights - Religion and the Common Good (Paperback): William R O'Neill

Reimagining Human Rights - Religion and the Common Good (Paperback)

William R O'Neill

Series: Moral Traditions series

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An interpretation of human rights that centers on the rhetorical-and religious-power of testimony. Jeremy Bentham described the idea of human rights as "rhetorical nonsense." In Reimagining Human Rights, William O'Neill shows that the rhetorical aspect of human rights is in fact crucial. By examining how victims and their advocates embrace the rhetoric of human rights to tell their stories, he presents an interpretation of human rights "from below," showing what victims of atrocity and advocates do with rights. Drawing on African writings that center around victims' stories-including Desmond Tutu's on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission-and modern Roman Catholic social teaching, O'Neill reconciles the false dichotomy between the individualistic perspective of the human rights theories of Immanuel Kant, Jurgen Habermas, and John Rawls and local or ethnocentric conceptions of the common good in Alasdair MacIntyre and Richard Rorty. He shows that the testimony of victims leads us to a new conception of the common good, based on rights as narrative grammar-that is, rights are not only a grammar of dissent against atrocity but let new stories be told. O'Neill shows how the rhetoric of human rights can dismantle old narratives of power and advance new ones, reconstructing victim's claims, often in a religious key, along the way. He then applies this new approach to three areas: race and mass incarceration in the United States, the politics of immigration and refugee policy, and ecological responsibility and our duties to the next generation.

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Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Moral Traditions series
Release date: 2021
Authors: William R O'Neill
Dimensions: 229 x 152mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 264
ISBN-13: 978-1-64712-035-1
Categories: Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Ethics & moral philosophy > General
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Christianity > Christian theology > General
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious life & practice > General
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Ethics & moral philosophy > General
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious life & practice > General
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian theology > General
Books > Christianity > Christian theology
LSN: 1-64712-035-7
Barcode: 9781647120351

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