Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights

2015.04.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana Tietjens Meyers (ed.), Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2014, 360pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2015.04.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana Tietjens Meyers (ed.), Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2014, 360pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199975884. Reviewed by Jiewuh Song, Seoul National University That the human rights movement may, despite the good intentions of its participants, propagate a "damning metaphor" of the human rights "victim figure" as a "powerless, helpless innocent"[1] is a familiar worry among practitioners. The worry seems not to have gained much traction in the philosophical literature on human rights, which has so far focused, broadly, on either theoretical puzzles generated by the idea of a universal set of rights for "all peoples and all nations"[2] or the structure and content of the human rights duties of the globally affluent. Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights is an unusual -- and welcome -- collection of philosophical essays that takes the empowerment of the globally disadvantaged to be. . .

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