Human rights practices

Andrea Sangiovanni*

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Should a theory of human rights that aims to be faithful to human rights practice treat the practice as unified or as consisting of different and distinct practices? I argue that we do better to treat the practice as embodying a multiplicity of contributing practices, and show how we can design a theory that can be true to each one of them. The discussion proceeds via a reconstruction and critique of Charles Beitz’s The Idea of Human Rights, which is the most influential practical conception of human rights to date.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Beitz
  • Human rights
  • human rights list
  • human rights practice
  • Rawls


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