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Human Rights in Chinese Thought

A Cross-Cultural Inquiry

Human Rights in Chinese Thought by Stephen C. Angle
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What should we make of claims by members of other groups to have moralities different from our own? Human Rights in Chinese Thought gives an extended answer to this question in the first study of its kind. It integrates a full account of the development of Chinese rights discourse - reaching back to important, though neglected, origins of that discourse in 17th and 18th century Confucianism - with philosophical consideration of how various communities should respond to contemporary Chinese claims about the uniqueness of their human rights concepts. The book elaborates a plausible kind of moral pluralism and demonstrates that Chinese ideas of human rights do indeed have distinctive characteristics, but it nonetheless argues for the importance and promise of cross-cultural moral engagement.
Cambridge University Press; June 2002
305 pages; ISBN 9780511029578
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Title: Human Rights in Chinese Thought
Author: Stephen C. Angle
 
ISBNs
0511029578
9780511029578
9780521809719