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Wittgenstein, Politics and Human Rights : LSE/Routledge - Robin Holt

Wittgenstein, Politics and Human Rights


Hardcover Published: 24th June 1997
ISBN: 9780415154383
Number Of Pages: 184

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Do human rights make sense? They have been central to post-war political life, and our picture of moral self. But this is being eroded, Holt argues, and with it the viability of human rights discourse. The pre-social individual and its mental armoury is being challenged by an increasing awareness of genealogical forces in which the self is less a lone claimant than an exponent or rebel.
Using Wittgenstein's philosophy, this book considers the liberal position on human rights, along with the communitarian and pragmatic attacks, and challenges the intelligibility of each from the perspective of what it is to be a language user. Wittgenstein, Politics and Human Rights argues that moral relations are not dead; but that their life resides with the on-going relations of selves governed by universal principles.

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Introduction: why Wittgenstein?p. 1
Private language ...p. 23
... public rulesp. 41
Linguistic selvesp. 59
Liberal and pragmatic formsp. 80
Irony and the art of livingp. 100
Human rights and rules of civilityp. 118
Notesp. 142
Indexp. 168
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ISBN: 9780415154383
ISBN-10: 0415154383
Series: LSE/Routledge
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 24th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.15 x 14.68  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1