Theoretical foundations for human rights

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dc.contributor.author Bufacchi, Vittorio
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-27T15:52:11Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-27T15:52:11Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-27
dc.identifier.citation Bufacchi, V. (2018) 'Theoretical Foundations for Human Rights', Political Studies, In Press. doi:10.1177/0032321717723510 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 33 en
dc.identifier.issn 0032-3217
dc.identifier.issn 1467-9248
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5558
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0032321717723510
dc.description.abstract This article explores an alternative to the established dichotomy between philosophical (natural law) accounts of human rights, characterized by a foundationalist tendency, and political (practice-based) accounts of human rights, which aspire to be non-foundationalist. I argue that in order to justify human rights practice, political accounts of human rights cannot do without the support of theoretical foundations, although not necessarily of the natural-law variety. As an alternative to natural-law metaphysics, a deflationary theory of human rights, based on a deflationary account of truth, is put forward. Starting from a distinction between ‘extreme’ and ‘moderate’ forms of deflationism, this article defends a constructivist theory of human rights grounded on the Humean notion of conventionalism. This innovative approach to human rights provides political conceptions of human rights with the foundations (or quasi-foundations) they need, but are currently lacking. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage Publications en
dc.relation.uri http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0032321717723510
dc.rights © 2018 by Political Studies Association. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. en
dc.subject Deflationary en
dc.subject Truth en
dc.subject Foundationalism en
dc.subject Human rights en
dc.subject Foundations en
dc.subject Deflationism en
dc.subject Hume en
dc.subject Conventionalism en
dc.title Theoretical foundations for human rights en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Vittorio Bufacchi, Philosophy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: vbufacchi@philosophy.ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-02-27T15:43:24Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Political Studies en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress vbufacchi@philosophy.ucc.ie en


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