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Origins of Human Rights

Ancient Indian and Greco-Roman Perspectives

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"Dr. R.U.S. Prasad has distilled the essence of value systems of the East and the West … to show their contribution to the Human Rights doctrine. It is a scholarly, well-researched treatise that examines the ancient texts of India-Rigvedic and post Rigvedic as also Upanishads and DharmaShastras to find the origins of the value systems that have prevailed in India…has similarly analysed Greek philosophical heritage left by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and the political philosophy and its historical background by Roman scholars Cicero and Seneca."

Mrs. (Justice) Sujata Manohar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Member, National Human Rights Commission

"This is a very far-ranging and ambitious work. By assembling and organizing such a wide range of data, Dr. Prasad has done a great service for all who are interested in understanding the contexts out of which our modern conception of human rights has emerged."

Arthur Madigan, S.J. Albert J. Fitzgibbons Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, MA

"R.U.S. Prasad has to be congratulated to detect not only perspectives of human rights in ancient Indian and Greco-Roman texts but to analyze also critically commonalities and the extent of their convergence. These geographically far removed ideas in the spheres of governance, social and moral norms are regarded by the author in his comprehensive study as aspects of foundational elements of human rights. He concludes his detailed and revealing analysis that no theory of human rights in our modern sense arose in the markedly different situation in classical Greek and Rome and in India. But ‘certainly none will deny them their place as building blocks in the evolution of the concept of human rights. These ideas would continue to have a perennial value in the thought and action of humankind’."

Hermann Kulke, Kiel University, Germany

"RUS Prasad is a big thinker who has grappled with some of today’s most important issues and concepts. In this new book he probes the deep origins of the concepts of human rights from several distinct origins in Indian, Greek and Roman thought. Its strength is depth of analysis and a comparative approach. We are often told that we are living in the era of modern human rights; Prasad shows the concepts were original long long ago."

David G. Victor, Professor and Director, Laboratory of International Law and Regulation, University of California, San Diego.

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Detaljer

Forlag
Routledge India
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
244
ISBN
9781032249155
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
23 x 16 cm

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"Dr. R.U.S. Prasad has distilled the essence of value systems of the East and the West … to show their contribution to the Human Rights doctrine. It is a scholarly, well-researched treatise that examines the ancient texts of India-Rigvedic and post Rigvedic as also Upanishads and DharmaShastras to find the origins of the value systems that have prevailed in India…has similarly analysed Greek philosophical heritage left by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and the political philosophy and its historical background by Roman scholars Cicero and Seneca."

Mrs. (Justice) Sujata Manohar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Member, National Human Rights Commission

"This is a very far-ranging and ambitious work. By assembling and organizing such a wide range of data, Dr. Prasad has done a great service for all who are interested in understanding the contexts out of which our modern conception of human rights has emerged."

Arthur Madigan, S.J. Albert J. Fitzgibbons Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, MA

"R.U.S. Prasad has to be congratulated to detect not only perspectives of human rights in ancient Indian and Greco-Roman texts but to analyze also critically commonalities and the extent of their convergence. These geographically far removed ideas in the spheres of governance, social and moral norms are regarded by the author in his comprehensive study as aspects of foundational elements of human rights. He concludes his detailed and revealing analysis that no theory of human rights in our modern sense arose in the markedly different situation in classical Greek and Rome and in India. But ‘certainly none will deny them their place as building blocks in the evolution of the concept of human rights. These ideas would continue to have a perennial value in the thought and action of humankind’."

Hermann Kulke, Kiel University, Germany

"RUS Prasad is a big thinker who has grappled with some of today’s most important issues and concepts. In this new book he probes the deep origins of the concepts of human rights from several distinct origins in Indian, Greek and Roman thought. Its strength is depth of analysis and a comparative approach. We are often told that we are living in the era of modern human rights; Prasad shows the concepts were original long long ago."

David G. Victor, Professor and Director, Laboratory of International Law and Regulation, University of California, San Diego.

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