The Sacredness of the Person Paperback

A New Genealogy of Human Rights

by Hans Joas;


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The Sacredness of the Person

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What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity? How can we most fully understand -- and realize -- these rights going into the future? In The Sacredness of the Person, internationally renowned sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas tells a story that differs from conventional narratives by tracing the concept of human rights back to the Judeo-Christian tradition or, alternately, to the secular French Enlightenment. While drawing on sociologists such as Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Ernst Troeltsch, Joas sets out a new path, proposing an affirmative genealogy in which human rights are the result of a process of the "sacralization" of every human being. According to Joas, every single human being has increasingly been viewed as sacred. He discusses the abolition of torture and slavery, once common practice in the pre-18th century west, as two milestones in modern human history. The author concludes by portraying the emergence of the UN Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 as a successful process of value generalization.
Joas demonstrates that the history of human rights cannot adequately be described as a history of ideas or as legal history, but a complex transformation in which diverse cultural traditions had to be articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of everyday life. The sacralization of the person and universal human rights will only be secure in the future, warns Joas, through continued support by institutions and society, vigorous discourse in their defense, and their incarnation in everyday life and practice.

The Sacredness of the Person by Hans Joas was published by Georgetown University Press in February 2013. The ISBN for The Sacredness of the Person is 9781589019690.

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Page last updated 19th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherGeorgetown University Press (February 2013)
Weight281g
Number of Pages232
Thickness15 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9781589019690
ISBN-101589019695
Product Code4065589
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