Toward a Theory of Human Rights
Religion, Law, Courts
By (author) Michael J. Perry
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Toward a Theory of Human Rights by Michael J. Perry
Book DescriptionNeither the morality of human rights nor its relation to the law of human rights is well understood. In this book, Michael Perry addresses three large issues. There is undeniably a religious ground - indeed, more than one religious ground - for the morality of human rights. But is there a secular ground for the morality of human rights? What is the relation between the morality of human rights and the law of human rights? Perry here addresses the controversial issues of capital punishment, abortion, and same-sex unions. What is the proper role of courts, in a liberal democracy, in protecting - and therefore in interpreting - constitutionally entrenched human rights? In considering this question, special attention is paid to the Supreme Court and how it should rule on issues such as capital punishment and abortion. Toward a Theory of Human Rights makes a significant contribution both to human rights studies and to constitutional theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521684224
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael J. Perry
Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States, Hardback (July 2013)
This book explicates the morality of human rights and elaborates three internationally recognized human rights that are entrenched in US constitutional law.
Political Morality of Liberal Democracy, Paperback (February 2012)
This important new work elaborates and defends an account of the political morality of liberal democracy.
Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court, Paperback (December 2010)
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Toward a Theory of Human Rights makes a significant contribution both to human rights studies and to constitutional theory.
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Author Biography - Michael J. Perry
Michael J. Perry currently holds a Robert W. Woodruff Chair at Emory University, where he teaches in the law school. Perry is the author of over sixty articles and essays. He is also the author of nine books, including Love and Power: The Role of Religion and Morality in American Politics (1991), The Idea of Human Rights (1998), We the People: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court (1999), and Under God? Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy (2003).
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