Human Rights in Thick and Thin Societies: Universality without Uniformity (Hardback)Seth D. Kaplan (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
'Universal claims to human rights appeal to our common humanity, but they can provoke resistance - both at home and abroad - when they fail to acknowledge varied cultural and religious contexts. Seth D. Kaplan's book is at once a guide to this resistance, an analysis of cultural diversity, and a program for dealing with disagreement and protecting those rights most critical to human flourishing.' Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
'This book explores the tension between universal human rights and cultural particularity with theoretical sophistication and empirical depth. It is the best effort I know to give each of these claims its due - and to chart a course that combines strengths of both into practical guidance for reformers. Even readers who disagree with some of Kaplan's recommendations will profit from his path-breaking analysis.' Bill Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington DC
'This brilliant book both honors and advances the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. As he traces the fate of moral universals in culture and history, Seth D. Kaplan shows us how to be a moral pluralist and uphold principal rights at the same time - how to be a social justice advocate without being parochial and ethnocentric. It is a great accomplishment.' Richard Shweder, Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
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