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Parution : 06/2020
Editeur : Springer
ISBN : 978-3-0304-2261-5
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Philosophical Foundation of Human Rights

Paul Tiedemann

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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.




Utilitarian and Aristotelian Approach

The Social Contract Approach

The Human Dignity Approach

The Human Dignity Principle I

The Human Dignity Principle II

From Human Dignity to Human Rights

Human Rights Concerning the Protection of Physical and Mental Integrity

Freedom of Movement and the Rights Under Detention

Human Rights Concerning the Protection of Intellectual Integrity

The Human Right to Privacy

The Right to Freedom of Conscience

The Right to Spiritual Freedom

The Right to Life

Social Human Rights

Right to Asylum

Fake Human Rights

The Principles of Liberty

The Principles of Equality

Rights in Conflict

Do You Still Remember – The Answers

400 pages.  93,59 €

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