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      Linda Hogan

Keeping Faith with Human Rights

The human rights regime is one of modernity's great civilizing triumphs. From the formal promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the subsequent embrace of this declaration by the newly independent states of Africa, human rights have emerged as the primary discourse of global politics and as an increasingly prominent category in the international and domestic legal system. Les mer
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The human rights regime is one of modernity's great civilizing triumphs. From the formal promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the subsequent embrace of this declaration by the newly independent states of Africa, human rights have emerged as the primary discourse of global politics and as an increasingly prominent category in the international and domestic legal system. But throughout their history, human rights have endured sustained attempts at disenfranchisement. In this provocative study, Linda Hogan defends human rights language while simultaneously reenvisioning its future. Avoiding problematic claims about shared universal values, Hogan draws on the constructivist strand of political philosophy to argue for a three-pronged conception of human rights: as requirements for human flourishing, as necessary standards of human community, and as the basis for emancipatory politics. In the process, she shows that it is theoretically possible and politically necessary for theologians to keep faith with human rights.
Indeed, the Christian tradition -- the wellspring of many of the ethical commitments considered central to human rights -- must embrace its vital role in the project.
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Forlag: Georgetown University Press
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 248
ISBN: 9781626162327
Format: 23 x 15 cm
Commended for Catholic Press Association Book Award for Faithful Citizenship 6 United States and CPA Book Award for Faithful Citizenship 6 United States.
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«An invaluable contribution to the politics, discourse, and field of human rights. International Journal of Public Theology Hogan seeks to map a route towards the rehabilitation of the idea of human rights and proposes that it is 'both theoretically possible and politically necessary for theologians to keep faith with human rights.' She succeeds in her endeavour, going beyond her modestly stated ambition and delivering an impressive defence of what, arguably, is modernity's greatest achievement... An important work. It deserves to cause pause for thought before delivery of the next papal address at the UN. Irish Times»

Introduction 1. The Crisis of Legitimacy: Political andPhilosophical Perspectives 2. The Crisis of Meaning: Theological Perspectives 3. Ethical Formations: Constructing the Subject ofHuman Rights 4. Building Discursive Bridges: Situated Knowledge, EmbeddedUniversalism, Plural Foundations 5. Resisting Culturalist Frameworks: Porous Communities,Constructed Traditions 6. Resisting Gravity's Pull: Constructing Human Rightsthrough the Arts Conclusion Bibliography Index
Linda Hogan is vice provost / chief academic officer and a professor of ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of Confronting the Truth: Conscience in the Catholic Tradition and coeditor of Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church.