Human rights

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-S105-1
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References and further reading

  • Brownlie, I. and Goodwin-Gill, G. S. (2006) Basic Documents on Human Right, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 5the edn.

    (A collection of major human rights documents.)

  • Cranston, M. (1973) What are Human Rights? London: Bodley Head.

    (A general analysis, critical of the idea of socio-economic human rights.)

  • Donnelly, J. (1989) Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Ithaca: Cornell University Press 2nd edn, 2003.

    (An excellent general study that examines the practical issues raised by human rights.)

  • Freeman, M. (2002) Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Cambridge: Polity.

    (Draws on philosophy, history and social science in examining human rights issues.)

  • Gewirth, A. (1982) Human Rights: Essays on Justification and Applications, Chicago: Chicago University Press.

    (Essays on various aspects of human rights, underpinned by Gewirth’s attempt to ground human rights in the conditions of human agency.)

  • Jones, P. (1994) Rights, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

    (An analysis and appraisal of contemporary thinking on rights that gives special attention to human rights.)

  • Locke, J. (1689/90) Two Treatises of Government, ed. P. Laslett, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960; 2nd edn 1967 Book II, Ch. 2, Section 6.

    (One of the classics of political theory.)

  • MacIntyre, A. (1981) After Virtue, London: Duckworth, 2nd edn with postscript, 1985.

    (An account of moral life that is generally unsympathetic to rights-thinking.)

  • Milne, A. J. M. (1986) Human Rights and Human Diversity, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

    (An attempt to reconcile human rights with diversities of belief and culture.)

  • Nickel, J. W. (1987) Making Sense of Human Rights, Oxford: Blackwell, 2nd edn, 2003.

    (A general study that combines philosophical, legal and political approaches.)

  • Pogge, T. (2002) World Poverty and Human Rights, Cambridge: Polity.

    (A powerful attempt to mobilize the idea of human rights in support of global economic justice.)

  • Smith, R. K. M. and C. van den Anker (2005) The Essentials of Human Rights, London: Hodder Arnold.

    (A useful reference volume covering all aspects of human rights.)

  • Tuck, R. (1979) Natural Rights Theories: Their Origin and Development, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A study of the historical origins of the idea of rights in general and of natural rights in particular.)

  • Waldron, J. (1984) Theories of Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (A useful collection of different understandings and justifications of rights.)

  • Waldron, J. (1987) ‘Nonsense upon Stilts’: Bentham, Burke and Marx on the Rights of Man, London: Methuen.

    (Gives the texts of three celebrated critics of rights, along with Waldron’s trenchant defence of rights.)

  • Walzer, M. (1996) Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

    (Argues for a thin theory of human rights in deference to the different thick moralities embraced by different human communities.)

Citing this article:
Jones, Peter. Bibliography. Human rights, 2006, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-S105-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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