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Human Rights as a Western Concept

by: Raimundo Panikkar , Arvind Sharma

Whether the discourse on Human Rights constitutes an authentically universal discourse, or merely Western discourse masquerading as such, is an issue which has persisted ever since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, and shows no signs of letting up. This book presents an in-depth exploration of this issue in a novel format, by presenting a celebrated piece on this issue by Raimundo Panikkar, with a detailed response to it by Arvind Sharma, thereby laying bare several key dimensions of the debate which may otherwise escape notice.

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ISBN: 9788124604298
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 103
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22
Weight: 150

Overview

Whether the discourse on Human Rights constitutes an authentically universal discourse, or merely Western discourse masquerading as such, is an issue which has persisted ever since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, and shows no signs of letting up. This book presents an in-depth exploration of this issue in a novel format, by presenting a celebrated piece on this issue by Raimundo Panikkar, with a detailed response to it by Arvind Sharma, thereby laying bare several key dimensions of the debate which may otherwise escape notice.

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Is the Notion of Human Rights a Western Concept?
— by Raimundo Panikkar
3. A Response
— by Arvind Sharma
4. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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Raimundo (now Raimon) Panikkar, who holds three doctorates, is the son of a Catalan mother and a Hindu Nair father. He has been a prominent advocate of interreligious dialogue throughout his distinguished life, in the course of which he taught at the Universities of Madrid and Rome in Europe and then at Harvard University (1967-1971) and the University of California-Santa Barbara (1971-78). He has published more than 40 books and 900 articles and currently lives in the mountain resort of Tavertet, near Barcelona.
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Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.
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