Human Rights in Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry by Stephen C. Angle

By Stephen C. Angle

What may still we make of claims via individuals of different teams to have moralities varied from our personal? Human Rights in chinese language proposal provides a longer resolution to this query within the first learn of its variety. It integrates an entire account of the advance of chinese language rights discourse with philosophical attention of ways numerous groups may still reply to modern chinese language claims concerning the area of expertise in their human rights recommendations. The publication elaborates a believable type of ethical pluralism and demonstrates that chinese language rules of human rights do certainly have detailed features, however it still argues for the significance and promise of cross-cultural ethical engagement.

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Suppose that the meanings of concepts are mutually determined by the relations they bear to one another, so that what I mean by “rights” depends on what I mean by “duty,” by “interest,” by “harmony,” and so on. What “duty” means, in turn, depends on its own web of related concepts; it is easy to see that one doesn’t have to go through very many steps before some superficially quite unrelated ideas will turn out to be implicated in one another’s meanings. This suggests, in turn, that even small differences in meaning will quickly ramify throughout an individual’s web of concepts.

Some authors have specifically argued that dialogue, rather than criticism, should be the main mode of international human rights discourse. Bhikhu Parekh, for instance, has written: “If universal values are to enjoy widespread support and democratic validation and be free of ethnocentric biases, they should arise out of an open and uncoerced cross-cultural dialogue” [1999, p. 139]. , p. 142]. Parekh’s approach sounds very appealing, particularly the notion that the commitments of all parties to a conversation might be transformed through the process of dialogue.

I have thereby expressed a whole range of commitments. I have committed myself to the earth’s being flat, to at least some planets being flat, to the earth’s not being spherical, and so on. ” We can tell that I have expressed these commitments, though, and also see how crucial they are to linguistic practice, if we consider the following scenario. ” “Sure it is,” say I. Were 4 For an influential effort to spell out this idea more carefully, see [Grice 1989]. 33 Languages, Concepts, and Pluralism the conversation to continue on these lines – my seeming to accept commitments but to disavow many of their entailments – you’d probably give up trying to talk with me.

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