Human Rights and Human Dignity: An Analytic Critique of Non-Western Conceptions of Human Rights

@article{Donnelly1982HumanRA,
  title={Human Rights and Human Dignity: An Analytic Critique of Non-Western Conceptions of Human Rights},
  author={J. Donnelly},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={1982},
  volume={76},
  pages={303-316}
}
  • J. Donnelly
  • Published 1982
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
It is regularly argued that human rights are not a Western discovery and that non-Western societies have long emphasized the protection of human rights. Such claims, however, are based on a confusion of human rights and human dignity. A concern for human dignity is central to non-Western cultural traditions, whereas human rights, in the sense in which Westerners understand that term—namely, rights (entitlements) held simply by virtue of being a human being—are quite foreign to, for example… Expand

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