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Към изобретяването на човешките права
Towards Inventing Human Rights

Author(s): Deyana Marcheva
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Published by: Нов български университет
Keywords: Human rights; History; Genealogy; Cultural practices; Empathy; Novels; Judicial torture

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses the innovative historical approach to human rights employed by Lynn Hunt in her book “Inventing Human Rights. History” (2007). The main argument is that human rights come about because in the XVIII century many individuals had similar experiences not because they inhabited similar national or social contexts, but because through their cultural practices of reading novels or opposing judicial torture, they actually created a new social context. The newfound power of empathy worked against even the longest held prejudices and produced the revolutionary concept of human rights that unfolded in a cascade fashion in the XIX and XX centuries.

  • Issue Year: 6/2017
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 310-331
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Bulgarian