Which Rights Should Be Universal?

Which Rights Should Be Universal?

eBook - 2005
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Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9781423721864
1423721861
Characteristics: viii, 222 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: NetLibrary, Inc

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Samuel A Marcum Dec 04, 2012

Talbott has an academic approach to rights determination. He sets up his assumptions based upon human need and an assumed set of values. His conclusion is dogmatic and immodest: a fact he not only doesn't hide from, but one which he declares shamelessly. I appreciated his deviation from the cultlike approach of "relativism" as he defends the concept of true universality. His method is not based upon religious practice, however, but rather on reason, however abandoned that reason is from "proof" as he also submits that the "proof paradigm" is insufficient in human rights determination. He uses with high frequency the phrase, "reliable, however not infallible" which may ultimately be his greatest contribution to the discussion of universality v. relativity. His list of (9) "basic" human rights ultimately looks very much like the original Bill of Rights +/- specific government rights (guns/firearms are omitted; education is added) however it is more thoroughly supported through his assessments. As far as the actual writing is concerned, the author does come across as a rather dry voice. Certainly academic and hardly easy to read. The content is good, though.

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