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Reconstructing Human Rights: A Pragmatist and Pluralist Inquiry into Global Ethics

Joe Hoover


We live in a human rights world in which talk of rights is everywhere. This world of human rights, however, is often ambiguous, such that we struggle to comprehend it. Reconstructing Human Rights offers an alternative theory of human rights and their place in world politics, focusing on their radical democratizing potential. Traditionally, philosophical accounts of human rights justify them as moral principles of the highest importance that define legitimate political authority, which we must accept as a matter of rational or practical necessity. In turn, this push for authoritative justificat ... More

Keywords: human rights, pragmatism, pluralism, agonism, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198782803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Hoover, author
Lecturer in International Politics, City University London