About the Book

Philosophy of Human Rights

Philosophy of Human Rights

Theory and Practice
March 2011
Trade Paperback · 456 Pages
$48.00 U.S. · $55.50 CAN · £31.99 U.K. · €34.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813344928
Westview Press


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Combining the sustained, coherent perspective of an authored text with diverse, authoritative primary readings, Philosophy of Human Rights provides the context and commentary students need to comprehend challenging rights concepts. Clear, accessible writing, thoughtful consideration of primary source documents, and practical, everyday examples pertinent to students’ lives enhance this core textbook for courses on human rights and political philosophy. The first part of the book explores theoretical aspects, including the nature, justification, content, and scope of rights. With an emphasis on contemporary issues and debates, the second part applies these theories to practical issues such as political discourse, free expression, the right to privacy, children’s rights, and victims’ rights. The third part of the book features the crucial documents that are referred to throughout the book, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights, and many more.

About the Author

David Boersema is the Douglas C. Strain Professor of Natural Philosophy and Distinguished University Professor at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Pragmatism and Reference and Philosophy of Science, and coeditor of Spiritual and Political Dimensions on Nonviolence and Peace.