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Civil Religion, Human Rights and International Relations

Connecting People Across Cultures and Traditions Edited by Helle Porsdam, Professor of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
This ground breaking book discusses whether human rights can be forged into a common set of transcendent principles against which actions of every nation can be judged and whether such a common understanding, or civil religion, could one day become a vehicle for global peace.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 78100 051 9
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  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
This ground breaking book discusses whether human rights can be forged into a common set of transcendent principles against which actions of every nation can be judged and whether such a common understanding, or civil religion, could one day become a vehicle for global peace.

Eminent international scholars of history, political science, international relations, human rights and civil religion argue both sides of this debate. In Part One, the theoretical issues relating to why human rights have come about and whether they should be fought for are discussed. Part Two focuses on the reality of actions brought about by human rights ideas with illuminating case studies showing that human rights ideas and practice are generated from both the bottom up and top down by individual actors and institutions.

The unique book will be of great interest to scholars in the field of history, human rights, international relations and political science in general.
Contributors: M.P. Bradley, P.W. Kahn, B. Kuklick, H. Porsdam, A. Preston, J.H. Rosenthal, T. Seidenfaden, V.S. Tjalve, J.M. Winter
Contents:

1. Introduction
Helle Porsdam

PART I: THE THEORETICAL ISSUES
2. Human Rights: A Possible Civil Religion?
Helle Porsdam

3. A Civil Religion of Human Rights?
Paul W. Kahn

4. Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism
Joel H. Rosenthal

5. Rights, Religion, Security: A Christian Realist Perspective
Vibeke Schou Tjalve

PART II: HUMAN RIGHTS IN PRACTICE
6. Faith and Empire: American Missionaries, Humanitarianism, and the Spread of Human Rights
Andrew Preston

7. The United States and Global Human Rights Imagination of the 1940s
Mark Philip Bradley

8. Human Rights and Dag Hammarskjöld
Bruce Kuklick

9. Human Rights as Lived Experience: Kinship, Fictive Kinship, and Human Rights Among Trans-national Migrants
Jay M. Winter

10. Hard Secularism as Intolerant Civil Religion: Denmark and the Cartoon Case
Tøger Seidenfaden

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