The Heart of Human Rights

2014.05.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Allen Buchanan, The Heart of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2013, 320pp, $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199325382.
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2014.05.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Allen Buchanan, The Heart of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2013, 320pp, $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199325382. Reviewed by George Letsas, University College London Allen Buchanan's book is a recent addition to the fast-growing field of the philosophy of human rights. The popularity of the field is hardly surprising. Since the end of the Second World War and the setting up of the United Nations, the idea of human rights has exerted a powerful moral influence around the world. Like climate change or globalization, this influence is a phenomenon that we need to understand and to subject to normative scrutiny. Buchanan's ambitious and thought-provoking book proposes a new methodology for the philosophy of human rights and uses it to suggest what a theory of human rights should look like. Buchanan's starting point is the assertion that international law is central to the practice of human. . .

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