Human rights and the uses of history by samuel moyn offers a perceptive critique of human rights and how it may better serve as a tool of liberation professor moyn is a professor of law and history at yale university where his work on the history of human rights has gained praise and recognition. Human rights have always been a self evident specter i feel vaguely guilty about so it was interesting to see the idea of human rights treated like any other idea by looking at its history implications etc i think moyns other book would have been a better one to read first since the essays in this collection read like a collection of postscripts intended for his academic peers. Human rights and the uses of history posted on august 10 2017 august 14 2017 by samuel moyn expanded second edition new york and london verso books 2017 what are the origins of human rights this question rarely asked before the end of the cold war has in recent years become a major focus of historical and ideological strife in this sequence of reflective and critical studies . Human rights and the uses of history samuel moyn v verso london o new york contents preface ix 1 on the genealogy of morals 1 2 the surprising origins of human dignity 19 3 spectacular wrongs on humanitarian intervention 35 4 of deserts and promised lands on international courts 53 5 human rights in history 69 6 the intersection with holocaust memory 87 7 torture and taboo . The history of human rights involves religious cultural philosophical and legal developments throughout recorded history while the modern human rights movement hugely expanded in post world war ii era the concept can be traced through all major religions cultures and philosophies
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