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Philosophical Foundation of Human Rights

Authors: Tiedemann, Paul

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  • Provides an introduction to the nature and ethical foundations of human rightsOffers an accessible overview that does not require a prior philosophical backgroundIllustrates important arguments in graph formIncludes brief information on historical referencesElucidates the practical applicability of the outcomes in legal practice

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This textbook presents a range of classical philosophical approaches in order to show that they are unsuitable as a foundation for human rights. Only the conception of human dignity –based on the Kantian distinction between price and dignity – can provide a sufficient basis. The derivation of human rights from the principle of human dignity allows us to identify the most crucial characteristic of human rights, namely the protection of personhood. This in turn makes it possible (1) to distinguish between real moral human rights and spurious ones, (2) to assess the scope of protection for many codified human rights according to the criteria of “core” and “yard,” and (3) offers a point of departure for creating new, unwritten human rights. This philosophical basis supports a substantial reassessment of the case law on human rights, which will ultimately allow us to improve it with regard to legal certainty, clarity and cogency.
The textbook is primarily intended for advanced law students who are interested in a deeper understanding of human rights. It is also suitable for humanities students, and for anyone in the political or social arena whose work involves human rights and their enforcement.
Each chapter is divided into four parts: Abstracts, Lecture, Recommended Reading, and Questions to check reader comprehension. Sample answers are included at the end of the book.

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Paul Tiedemann, Gießen University

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophical Foundation of Human Rights
Authors
Series Title
Springer Textbooks in Law
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42262-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42262-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42261-5
Series ISSN
2509-999X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 406
Number of Illustrations
57 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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