Human rights and discourse theory: some critical remarks

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In this short piece, I suggest that Seyla Benhabib?s discourse-theoretic account of human rights succeeds in avoiding the charge of anti-parochialism only at the cost of failing to provide concrete and plausible enough guidance in identifying the holders, duty-bearers, and objects of human rights. I then conclude with a few reflections on what type of guidance may be plausibly expected from a discourse-theoretic approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-680
Number of pages7
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014


  • human rights
  • discourse theory
  • parochialism
  • universalism
  • political- vs. natural-rights views


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