Inherent Human Rights

Morsink asserts that all people have human rights simply by virtue of being born into the human family and that we can know these rights without the aid of experts. He shows how the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights grew out of Enlightenment principles honed by a shared revulsion at the horrors of the Holocaust.

Inherent Human Rights
Philosophical Roots of the Universal Declaration

Johannes Morsink

2009 | 328 pages | Cloth $59.95
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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Need to Think Beyond the Political

Chapter 1. The Metaphysics of Inherence
—Enlightenment Precedents
—From Natural to Human Rights
—Duties and the Fallacy of Implementation

Chapter 2. Obeying the Conscience of Humanity
—Rights from the Wrongs of the Holocaust
—The Doctrine of Manifest Illegality
—The Framework of Moral Intuitionism

Chapter 3. The Shortcomings of the Golden Rule
—Micro: Alan Gewirth's Rationalization
—Macro: John Rawls's Ethnocentrism

Chapter 4. Human Rights Cosmopolitanism
—The Moral World Picture of the Declaration
—The Capabilities Approach to Human Rights
—Fitting in Patriotism and Multiculturalism

Chapter 5. The Charge of Unrealistic Utopianism
—New Rights Call for a New World Order
—The Construction of Human Rights Thresholds
—Social and Economic Covenant Examples

Chapter 6. Human Rights and Democratic Participation
—Habermas on Popular Sovereignty and Human Rights
—The Right to Participation in Substantive Democracies