Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, "Human Rights in the Twentieth Century"
English | 2010-12-13 | ISBN: 0521142571 | 366 pages | PDF | 2,2 MB
Has there always been an inalienable "right to have rights" as part of the human condition, as Hannah Arendt famously argued? The contributions to this volume examine how human rights came to define the bounds of universal morality in the course of the political crises and conflicts of the twentieth century. Although human rights are often viewed as a self-evident outcome of this history, the essays collected here make clear that human rights are a relatively recent invention that emerged in contingent and contradictory ways.