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Prabhakar Singh and Benoît Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450633.001.0001

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A Universal History of Infamy

A Universal History of Infamy

Human Rights, Eurocentrism, and Modernity as Crisis

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(p.143) 6 A Universal History of Infamy
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Critical International Law
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José-Manuel Barreto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450633.003.0006

This chapter formulates the notion of ‘modernity as crisis’, a concept in which the ideas of modernity being born in crisis, as a crisis, and as the outcome of crisis, converge. This chapter identifies methods of interpretation that can advance the project of decolonizing human rights and creating new Third World discourses. It demonstrates that an essentialized interpretation of human rights emerges from a specific geographical landscape and rests on a version of their historical background–a Eurocentric philosophical conceptualization of modern history and of the crisis of modernity.

Keywords:   human rights, eurocentrism, modernity, crisis, postcolonialism

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