Relativism and Human Rights

A Theory of Pluralistic Universalism

Authors: Corradetti, Claudio

  • Advances a post-metaphysical model for testing the validity of human rights
  • Provides a grounded deliberative model based upon the Kantian reflective judgment, taking into account some of the most recent researches in the fields of cognitive linguistics and ethics
  • Is specifically suited for academics and research scholars but is adoptable as a supplementary textbook for master’s and doctoral programs
  • Offers a unique contemporary contribution to the understanding of the conceptual status of human rights principles
  • Adds an invaluable instrument for the activities conducted at research centers and think tanks
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Can human rights principles admit degrees of contextual variations? Are our cultures condemned to a formally rigid standard of universalist hegemony? This work provides an innovative contribution to the legal-philosophical understanding of human rights theory. While advancing a post-metaphysical reconstruction for the notion of human rights, it defends an original perspective on the relation between universal validity and cultural pluralism. By rejecting the challenges of relativism and classical abstract universalism, this model reinterprets discursive theory in the light of dialectical recognition and judgmental exemplarity. The result is an enriched substantive notion of universalism oriented to the safeguard of situated authenticity. Pluralistic universalism considers that, while formal filtering criteria constitute unavoidable requirements for the production of potentially valid arguments, the exemplarity of judgmental activity, in its turn, provides a pluralistic and retrospective reinterpretation for the fixity of such criteria. While speech formal standards grounds the thinnest possible presuppositions we can make as humans, the discursive exemplarity of judgments defends a notion of validity which is both contextually dependent and "subjectively universal". According to this approach, human rights principles are embedded within our linguistic argumentative practice. It is precisely from the intersubjective and dialogical relation among speakers that we come to reflect upon those same conditions of validity of our arguments. Once translated into national and regional constitutional norms, the discursive validity of exemplar judgments postulates the philosophical necessity for an ideal of legal-constitutional pluralism, challenging all those attempts trying to frustrate both horizontal (state to state) and vertical (supra-national-state-social) on-going debates on human rights.

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“Claudio Corradetti’s book is a thoughtful attempt to find an adequate theoretical foundation for human rights. Its approach is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on issues in analytical philosophy as well as contemporary political theorists, and the result is a densely argued text aimed at scholars … .” (Andrew Lambert, Metapsychology Online Reviews, Vol. 14 (3), January, 2010)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Cognitive Relativism and Experiential Rationality

    Corradetti, Claudio

    Pages 3-33

  • Beyond Moral Relativism and Objectivism

    Corradetti, Claudio

    Pages 35-69

  • Human Rights and Pluralisitc Universalism

    Corradetti, Claudio

    Pages 73-110

  • The Legal Dimensions of Human Rights

    Corradetti, Claudio

    Pages 111-152

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relativism and Human Rights
Book Subtitle
A Theory of Pluralistic Universalism
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9986-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9986-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9985-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8234-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 170
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