The Sacredness of the Person

A New Genealogy of Human Rights
Georgetown University Press
  • erschienen am 19. Februar 2013
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  • Softcover
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  • 232 Seiten
978-1-58901-969-0 (ISBN)
What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity? How can we most fully understand - and realize - these rights going into the future? This title sets out a path, proposing an affirmative genealogy in which human rights are the result of a process of "sacralization" of every human being.
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  • Breite: 139 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
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Hans Joas is professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, where he also belongs to the Committee on Social Thought, and at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he is a Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, School of History.
Preface Introduction 1. The Charisma of Reason: The Genesis of Human Rights 2. Punishment and Respect: The Sacralization of the Person and the Forces Threatening It 3. Violence and Human Dignity: How Experiences Become Rights 4. Neither Kant nor Nietzsche: What Is Affirmative Genealogy? 5. Soul and Gift: The Human Being as Image and Child of God 6. Value Generalization: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Plurality of Cultures
Joas's book is an erudite and provocative contribution to omipresent conversations about human rights, their history, and their justification. . . . The book will be of great consequence for religious studies scholars.

--The Journal of Religion The widely respected sociologist Hans Joas has made something of a detour in his personal intellectual history and moved into the terrain of human rights--one of the hot areas in the humanities and social sciences, yet one of the most difficult to enter. He has made an original contribution. . . . For rights specialists and historical theorists, Joas' book will be provocative.

--European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology

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