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Human rights and the limits of critical reason / Rolando Gaete.


Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Dartmouth Pub., [1993] .
ISBN 185521332X, 9781855213326

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Subjects Aspects juridiques.
Droits de l'homme (Droit international) -- Philosophie.
Droits de l'homme.
Human rights -- Philosophy.
Mensenrechten.
Philosophie.
Raison.
Reason.
Rechtsfilosofie.
Description viii, 208 pages ; 24 cm.
Copyright Date [1993]
copyright 1993
Notes "Dartmouth series in applied legal philosophy"--Ser. preface.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-192) and indexes.
Summary The rationalization of power has been an enduring feature of Modernity, assigning to human rights the task of subjecting the excesses of power to the scrutiny of critical reason. Gaete examines this task in the wake of the crisis of modernity, when the belief that man can draw principles out of his own ground has lost its authority and when the very possibility of an enlightened, disinterested Reason is being questioned. The aim of the book is not to offer another critique of rights but to investigate how both rights and critiques are transformed by the rhetoric of power. The author traces the discourse of judicial criticism as a series of rhetorical operations, bringing to light the paradoxes, antinomies and 'truth games' that permeate the field of human rights. He interrogates the discourse of modern humanism and investigates how its claims to being the law of the law and the metaphysics of the modern State shape the bond between State and citizen.
Gaete carries his argument across the fields of post-Nietzschean philosophy, anglo-american jurisprudence, political science, cultural and legal studies opening new ground for analyses of the rhetoric of rights.
Contents Introduction: Thinking of Limits -- Pt. I. Truth Games and Language Games. 1. A Discourse of Truth. 2. Language Games. 3. The Disorder of Discourse -- Pt. II. Casuistry. 4. The Internal Order of Human Rights. 5. Law and Time. 6. Government and Happiness. 7. The Public Space and the Exception. 8. The Tension between Human Rights and Reason -- Pt. III. The Will to Right. 9. The Genesis of a Theory of Man. 10. The Will. 11. The Right -- Pt. IV. The Metaphysics of the State. 12. The Self-Presentation of Power. 13. The Grammar of Power. 14. A Realized Myth.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)27383297
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