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International Political Theory

Egalitarian Rights Recognition

A Political Theory of Human Rights

Authors: Hann, Matt

  • Provides a detailed account that fills a gap in the literature considering why we have human rights 
  • Develops the school of thought beyond considering human rights as intrinsic because we are human 
  • Original in its approach in combining a study of Hannah Arendt with T.H. Green
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About this book

This book takes a distinctive and innovative approach to a relatively under-explored question, namely: Why do we have human rights? Much political discourse simply proceeds from the idea that humans have rights because they are human without seriously interrogating this notion. Egalitarian Rights Recognition offers an account of how human rights are created and how they may be seen to be legitimate: rights are created through social recognition. By combining readings of 19th Century English philosopher T.H. Green with 20th Century political theorist Hannah Arendt, the author constructs a new theory of the social recognition of rights. He challenges both the standard ‘natural rights’ approach and also the main accounts of the social recognition of rights which tend to portray social recognition as settled norms or established ways of acting. In contrast, Hann puts forward a 10-point account of the dynamic and contingent social recognition of human rights, which emphasises the importance of meaningful socio-economic equality.

About the authors

Matt Hann received his PhD in political theory, focussing on the theoretical justifications of human rights, in 2014 from Durham University, UK. Before this, he studied at Durham and at Universität Konstanz, Germany. He has published work in journals including Political Theory and the Journal of Moral Philosophy.  

Reviews

“Matt Hann defends a new view of recognition - egalitarian rights recognition - that is one of the most exciting developments in the theory of rights I have seen in recent years. Historically informed and addressing deep contemporary problems, it is a must read for anyone with an interest in this crucial subject.” (Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, Durham University, UK)

“If you want to understand why the "recognition theory" of rights has become one of the leading theories of human rights, you should read Hann's book. It is the best up-to-date and critical account of the historical sources and contemporary restatements of this theory which challenges the idea that rights are ‘natural’ and we have them because we are ‘human’. Hann's own 'ten propositions' account sketches a unique synthesis of egalitarianism, practices of recognition and cosmopolitanism.” (Maria Dimova-Cookson, Lecturer in Politics, Durham University, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hann, Matt

    Pages 1-15

  • Thomas Hill Green and the Social Recognition of Rights

    Hann, Matt

    Pages 17-39

  • Hannah Arendt: The Rights of Man, the Political Community, Judgment and Recognition

    Hann, Matt

    Pages 41-84

  • Societies of Rights: What Does a Political Community Look Like?

    Hann, Matt

    Pages 85-127

  • Rights Recognition and Cosmopolitanism: Global Egalitarian Rights Recognition

    Hann, Matt

    Pages 129-174

Buy this book

eBook £67.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59597-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £86.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59596-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Egalitarian Rights Recognition
Book Subtitle
A Political Theory of Human Rights
Authors
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59597-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59597-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59596-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 197
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