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Keeping Faith with Human Rights

The human rights regime is one of modernity's great civilizing triumphs. From the formal promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the subsequent embrace of this declaration by the newly independent states of Africa, human rights have emerged as the primary discourse of global politics and as an increasingly prominent category in the international and domestic legal system. But throughout their history, human rights have endured sustained attempts at disenfranchisement.

In this provocative study, Linda Hogan defends human rights language while simultaneously reenvisioning its future. Avoiding problematic claims about shared universal values, Hogan draws on the constructivist strand of political philosophy to argue for a three-pronged conception of human rights: as requirements for human flourishing, as necessary standards of human community, and as the basis for emancipatory politics. In the process, she shows that it is theoretically possible and politically necessary for theologians to keep faith with human rights. Indeed, the Christian tradition—the wellspring of many of the ethical commitments considered central to human rights—must embrace its vital role in the project.

About the Author

Linda Hogan is vice provost / chief academic officer and a professor of ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of Confronting the Truth: Conscience in the Catholic Tradition and coeditor of Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church.

Endorsements

"Hogan makes a most valuable contribution to the cause of human rights worldwide and across cultures. She mounts a persuasive case for the universality of human rights, addressing postcolonial, feminist, and postmodern critiques. An essential work."—David Hollenbach, SJ, University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College

"A book as deep as it is clear, one that gets under the skin of what human rights mean today—thoroughly contemporary but in a way that never loses sight of the power of the past to mold the present. A great achievement."—Conor Gearty, Director, Institute of Public Affairs, London School of Economics

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