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Human rights and discourse theory: some critical remarks

Valentini, Laura (2014) Human rights and discourse theory: some critical remarks. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 17 (6). pp. 674-680. ISSN 1369-8230

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13698230.2014.930781


In this short piece, I suggest that Seyla Benhabib’s discourse-theoretic account of human rights succeeds in avoiding the charge of anti-parochialism only at the cost of failing to provide concrete and plausible enough guidance in identifying the holders, duty-bearers, and objects of human rights. I then conclude with a few reflections on what type of guidance may be plausibly expected from a discourse-theoretic approach.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:11

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