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Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.001.0001

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On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights

On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights

(p.177) 7 On Secular and Theistic Groundings of Human Rights
Understanding Liberal Democracy

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Terence Cuneo

Oxford University Press

This essay presents and critically analyzes some proposals for a secular grounding of human rights. The best of these, though not fully successful, comes fairly close to that. The essay then sketches a proposal for a theistic grounding that seems to be fully successful. Along the way we will discover that developing a successful theistic grounding proves a good deal less straightforward than many Christian writers assume.

Keywords:   Calvin, John, capacity for rational agency, dignity, God, Imago Dei, Kant, personhood, relics, rights, worth

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