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The Changing Ethos of Human Rights
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The Changing Ethos of Human Rights

9781839108426 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Hoda Mahmoudi, Research Professor and Chair, The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland, Alison Brysk, Distinguished Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance, University of California, Santa Barbara and Kate Seaman, Assistant Director, The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 842 6 Extent: 168 pp
Utilizing the ethos of human rights, this insightful book captures the development of the moral imagination of these rights through history, culture, politics, and society. Moving beyond the focus on legal protections, it draws attention to the foundation and understanding of rights from theoretical, philosophical, political, psychological, and spiritual perspectives.

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Utilizing the ethos of human rights, this insightful book captures the development of the moral imagination of these rights through history, culture, politics, and society. Moving beyond the focus on legal protections, it draws attention to the foundation and understanding of rights from theoretical, philosophical, political, psychological, and spiritual perspectives.
 
The book surveys the changing ethos of human rights in the modern world and traces its recent histories and process of change, delineating the ethical, moral, and intellectual shifts in the field. Chapters incorporate and contribute to the debates around the ethics of care, considering some of the more challenging philosophical and practical questions. It highlights how human rights thinkers have sought to translate the ideals that are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into action and practice.
 
Interdisciplinary in nature, this book will be critical reading for scholars and students of human rights, international relations, and philosophy. Its focus on potential answers, approaches, and practices to further the cause of human rights will also be useful for activists, NGOs, and policy makers in these fields.
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‘We live in a moment of overlapping crises: in a radically unequal and dangerously warming world, populism, xenophobia, and closing space for dissent are the background conditions to which the acute calamities of a global pandemic and its dire economic consequences have been added. These intersecting emergencies have left human rights advocates searching for frameworks capable of generating new visions bold enough to tackle the challenges we face. Moving beyond legal foundations, The Changing Ethos of Human Rights, edited by Hoda Mahmoudi, Alison Brysk and Kate Seaman, offers perspectives on rights rooted in traditions such as philosophy, spirituality, and feminism. In these spaces, the contributors find an ethos of care that centers the interdependence of all human beings, offering a pathway forward in the midst of peril.’
– Margaret L. Satterthwaite, New York University School of Law, US

‘This is a foundational book that reveals how the emerging relational approaches to human rights invoke a new morality of care ethics. The essays here are widely disparate yet satisfyingly integrated around the common theme of care. Together they move human rights into a new era, one in which Aristotle’s virtue ethics intersects with feminist theory and the new rhetoric of human rights, with the contradictions of Islamic women’s rights, and with the use of digitalization to preserve culture rights.’
– Richard P. Hiskes, University of Connecticut, US
Contributors
Contributors: A. Brysk, S. Kerstein, H. Mahmoudi, M.L. Penn, P. Raghuram, K. Seaman, M.S. Weinert
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to The Changing Ethos of Human Rights 1
Hoda Mahmoudi
1 Values and human rights: implications of an
emerging discourse on virtue ethics 14
Michael L. Penn
2 Dignity and treating others merely as means 35
Samuel Kerstein
3 Making rights rhetoric work: constructing care in
a post-liberal world 52
Alison Brysk
4 Race and feminist care ethics: intersectionality as method 66
Parvati Raghuram
5 Difficult care: examining women’s efforts in the
Islamic Republic of Iran 93
Hoda Mahmoudi
6 Empathy, caring, and the defense of human rights
in a digital world 111
Kate Seaman
7 Cultural heritage, cultural rights and care ethics 136
Matthew S. Weinert

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