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Our book, Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, which Rowan Cruft, Massimo Renzo, and I edited, just came out! You can get a copy in the UK from major outlets such as OUP UK and Amazon UK. In the US, you can get the Kindle and Nook versions now. The print version for the US market should be released in late June.

This volume has 36 original contributions and is over 720 pages. Here’s a description of the book:

What makes something a human right? What is the relationship between the moral foundations of human rights and human rights law? What are the difficulties of appealing to human rights?

This book offers the first comprehensive survey of current thinking on the philosophical foundations of human rights. Divided into four parts, this book focuses firstly on the moral grounds of human rights, for example in our dignity, agency, interests or needs. ‘Secondly, it looks at the implications that different moral perspectives on human rights bear for human rights law and politics. Thirdly, it discusses specific and topical human rights including freedom of expression and religion, security, health and more controversial rights such as a human right to subsistence. The final part discusses nuanced critical and reformative views on human rights from feminist, Kantian and relativist perspectives among others.

The essays represent new and canonical research by leading scholars in the field. Each part is comprised of a set of essays and replies, offering a comprehensive analysis of different positions within the debate in question.The introduction from the editors will guide researchers and students navigating the diversity of views on the philosophical foundations of human rights.

And here’s the Table of Content:

Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao and Massimo Renzo: The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights: An Overview

Human Rights’ Foundations
1: John Tasioulas: On the Foundations of Human Rights
2: Onora O’Neill: Response to John Tasioulas
3: S. Matthew Liao: Human Rights as Fundamental Conditions for a Good Life
4: Rowan Cruft: From a Good Life to Human Rights: Some Complications
5: Jeremy Waldron: Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights?
6: A. John Simmons: Human Rights, Natural Rights, and Human Dignity
7: James W. Nickel: Personal Deserts and Human Rights
8: Zofia Stemplowska: Desert and Human Rights: Response to James W. Nickel
9: Carol Gould: A Social Ontology of Human Rights
10: Pablo Gilabert: Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Power

Human Rights in Law and Politics
11: Joseph Raz: Human Rights in the Emerging World Order
12: David Miller: Joseph Raz on Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal
13: Allen Buchanan: Why International Legal Human Rights?
14: David Luban: Response to Buchanan
15: Samantha Besson: Human Rights and Constitutional Law: Patterns of Mutual Validation and Legitimation
16: Saladin Meckled-Garcia: Response to Besson
17: George Letsas: Rescuing Proportionality
18: Guglielmo Verdirame: Response to Letsas

Canonical and Contested Human Rights
19: Corey Brettschneider: Free Speech as an Inverted Right and Democratic Persuasion
20: Larry Alexander: Free Speech and “Democratic Persuasion”
21: Lorenzo Zucca: Prince or Pariah? The place of Freedom of Religion in a system of International human rights
22: Robert Audi: Freedom of Religion Conceived as a Human Right
23: Liora Lazarus: The Right to Security
24: Victor Tadros: Rights and Security
25: Thomas Christiano: Self Determination and the Human Right to Democracy
26: Fabienne Peter: A Human Right to Democracy?
27: Jonathan Wolff: The Content of the Human Right to Health
28: Kimberley Brownlee: Do We have a Human Right to the Political Determinants of Health?
29: Elizabeth Ashford: A Moral Inconsistency Argument for a Basic Human Right to Subsistence
30: Charles R. Beitz: The Force of Subsistence Rights

Human Rights: Concerns and Alternatives
31: James Griffin: The Relativity and Ethnocentricity of Human Rights
32: Massimo Renzo: Human Needs, Human Rights, and Parochialism
33: Katrin Flikschuh: Human Rights in Kantian Mode: a Sketch
34: Andrea Sangiovanni: Why There Cannot Be A Truly Kantian Theory of Human Rights
35: Jiwei Ci: Liberty Rights and the Limits of Liberal Democracy
36: Simon Hope: Human Rights without the Human Good? A Reply to Ci
37: Virginia Held: Care and Human Rights
38: Susan Mendus: Care and Human Rights: A Reply to Virginia Held


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