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dc.contributor.authorBaldissone, Riccardo
dc.contributor.editorJulie Lunn
dc.contributor.editorChristina Houen
dc.contributor.editorAnja Reid
dc.contributor.editorJanice Baker
dc.contributor.editorThor Kerr
dc.contributor.editorJane Grellier
dc.contributor.editorAlex Gerbaz
dc.identifier.citationBaldissone, Riccardo. 2010. A Way Out of the Seventeenth-Century: Human Rights Beyond Modernities, in Lunn, J. and Houen, C. and Reid, A. and Baker, J. and Kerr, T. and Grellier, J. and Gerbaz, A. (ed), Creative Margins, Nov 12 2010, pp. 1-17. Perth, WA: Curtin University.

The ethnocentric legacy of human rights discourse is expressed in individualistic legal and moral approaches that inform most philosophical reflections on human rights. I will sketch a path towards a broader theoretical framework that can better sustain and articulate human rights claims of human dignity and well-being. For this purpose, I reconsider human rights discourse within the general modern context. In particular, I describe human rights entitlement as an instance of a fundamentalist modern approach that is constructed upon supposedly objective facts that assume the value-free order of nature. I underscore that acknowledging the performativity of science can assist to disentangle contemporary thought in general, and human rights discourse in particular, from modern fundamentalist assumptions. Finally, I suggest that we reconceptualise human rights as the result of negotiation processes, in which all humans are potential stakeholders.

dc.publisherCurtin University
dc.subjecthuman rights
dc.subjectmodern synecdoche
dc.subjectlong sixties
dc.subjectmodern fundamentalisms
dc.titleA Way Out of the Seventeenth-Century: Human Rights Beyond Modernities
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleCreative Margins
dcterms.source.seriesCreative Margins
dcterms.source.conferenceCreative Margins
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateNov 12 2010
dcterms.source.conferencelocationCurtin University
dcterms.source.placeCurtin University
curtin.departmentCentre for Human Rights Education
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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