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Theoretical Approaches to Human Rights in the Contemporary Western Liberal Thought

O. V. Zakharova
The article analyzes the political nature of human rights. Traditionally this phenomenon was a research object within the discipline of legal science that located it beyond the sphere of politics. The author argues that the legal approach has its limits and doesn't allow for revealing the essence of human rights to the full extent. Such a methodological restriction results in the idea of human rights being accused in cultural and ideological imperialism. To meet such criticism, human rights are suggested to be examined from the perspective of their political functions. Basing on the review of the most significant political theories of human rights, the author infers what interests can be categorized as human rights and why.
For citation:
Zakharova O.V. Theoretical Approaches to Human Rights in the Contemporary Western Liberal Thought. The Bulletin of Irkutsk State University. Series Political Science and Religion Studies. 2018, vol. 23, pp. 15-22. https://doi.org/10.26516/2073-3380.2018.23.137 (in Russian)
human rights, natural theories of human rights, political concept of human rights, political participation, political functions of human rights, theory of justice, law of nations, J. Rowls

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