Griffin on Human Rights

Hardcover | September 28, 2014

EditorRoger Crisp

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Human rights are one of the most controversial and widely discussed ideas in contemporary politics, ethics, and law. In recent decades, the philosophy of human rights has become one of the most lively areas in philosophy. One of the most significant contributors to the debate has been JamesGriffin, formerly White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. In his book, On Human Rights, and in other work, Griffin has defended the view that contemporary judicial understandings of human rights rest on an insecure theoretical basis. This has had the result that thelanguage of human rights has been over-extended, and consequently has less force where it really matters. On Griffin's view, human rights are best understood as protections of our agency and personhood, and he argues his case with reference to many real-life human rights cases. Griffin's book has led to a great deal of discussion, and this volume collects several of the most significant responses to Griffin by internationally leading moral and political philosophers. It also includes a response by Griffin himself. The book does not require first-hand knowledge of Griffin'swork, and, while being required reading for scholars of human rights, will also make an ideal book for a undergraduate or graduate seminar on human rights.

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Human rights are one of the most controversial and widely discussed ideas in contemporary politics, ethics, and law. In recent decades, the philosophy of human rights has become one of the most lively areas in philosophy. One of the most significant contributors to the debate has been JamesGriffin, formerly White's Professor of Moral P...

Roger Crisp has taught philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford, for over twenty-five years. He is the author of Reasons and the Good (OUP, 2006), co-editor of Well-Being and Morality: Essays in Honour of James Griffin (with Brad Hooker; Clarendon Press, 2000), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (OUP, 2013).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199668731

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1. Carl Wellman: Two Approaches to Human Rights2. John Tasioulas: Taking the Rights out of Human Rights3. David Reidy: When the Good Alone isn't Enough4. Allen Buchanan: The Egalitarianism of Human Rights5. Rowan Cruft: Human Rights, Human Agency and Respect: Extending Griffin's View6. Roger Crisp: Griffin on Human Rights: Form and Substance7. David Miller: Personhood versus Human Needs as Grounds for Human Rights8. Brad Hooker: Griffin on Human Rights9. James Nickel: Griffin on Human Rights to Liberty10. James Griffin: Replies