HANS JOAS THE SACREDNESS OF THE PERSON PDF

Skickas inom vardagar. No one interested in human rights can afford to ignore this book. He has made an original contribution. The book links brilliant theoretical argumentation with gripping phenomenological narrative as it illuminates modern processes of sacralization of the human person. This tour de force is obligatory reading for anybody interested in the birth, contingent history, and fragile fate of human rights in our global age.

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Skickas inom vardagar. No one interested in human rights can afford to ignore this book. He has made an original contribution. The book links brilliant theoretical argumentation with gripping phenomenological narrative as it illuminates modern processes of sacralization of the human person. This tour de force is obligatory reading for anybody interested in the birth, contingent history, and fragile fate of human rights in our global age.

The book will be of great consequence for religious studies scholars. I have read much on this subject but nothing comes close to what Hans Joas has done in this brilliant new book.

He somehow brings the reader into the intensely exciting history of where the idea of human rights came from, how many major issues it has taken on, and where it might go. This is a book for teachers and students, but really for everyone in the world who is trying to make it better.

Bellah, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley Hans Joas presents fresh insights for all those who are interested in the debate on the foundations of human rights and their universal character. Due to the innovative character of its approach and to the clarity of its argument, this book will become one of the most important publications on the genesis and validity of human rights.

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The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights

How can we most fully understand—and realize—these rights going into the future? In The Sacredness of the Person, internationally renowned sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas tells a story that differs from conventional narratives by tracing the concept of human rights back to the Judeo-Christian tradition or, alternately, to the secular French Enlightenment. According to Joas, every single human being has increasingly been viewed as sacred. He discusses the abolition of torture and slavery, once common practice in the preth century west, as two milestones in modern human history.

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Mashura Mel rated it liked it Aug 29, Also, the author proves to be adept in anticipating and refuting criticism when he, for instance, insists on not telling the history of human rights as one of irreversible, linear progress. Joas demonstrates that the history of human rights cannot adequately be described as a history of ideas or as legal history, but as a complex transformation in which diverse cultural traditions had to be articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of everyday life. The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights Anne Taylor marked it as to-read Apr 30, From this point, Joas takes his findings te a more general level and argues that human rights values emerged in response to historical experiences of violence, drawing on the religiously inspired American abolitionist movement as a model of how collective experiences of violence had been successfully translated into commitments to universalist values. Skip to main content. The sacralization of the person and universal human rights will only be secure in the future, warns Joas, through continued support by institutions and society, vigorous discourse in their defense, joaas their incarnation in everyday life and practice. At the same time, however, Joas does not try simply to reconstruct what he thinks is the most accurate history of the origins of human rights. Despite this, however, his book cannot keep all of its promises: I have read much on this subject but nothing comes close to what Hans Joas has done in this josa new book.

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