Last Utopia

Last Utopia Revisiting The Episodes In A Dramatic Tour Of Humanity S Moral History When The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Was Framed, This Title Shows That It Was In The Decade After 1968 That Human Rights Began To Make Sense To Broad Communities Of People As The Proper Cause Of Justice.

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  • Hardcover
  • 306 pages
  • Last Utopia
  • Samuel Moyn
  • English
  • 24 June 2017

10 thoughts on “Last Utopia

  1. says:

    The title is not quite right instead of human rights in history, this is a realist critique since 1945, asking the question I have at the heart of my deep cynicism rather than lionize the people and documents that talk about human rights, why not ask why no one feels compelled to obey them With sidelights on why the Anti colonialism movement was not a human rights...

  2. says:

    I did want to like this book it is about the history of the development of human rights specifically the Universal Declaration of Human Rights made by the United Nations in 1948.The author outlines how Human Rights went into hibernation immediately after its Declaration Instead, what took precedence was self determination in the form of the removal of colonial imperialistic ties In some ways nationalism self determination was linked to human rights as in the right of nationality It I did want to like this book it is about the history of the development of human ri...

  3. says:

    Argues that human rights and humanitarianism have very different histories, and arose in very different contexts, and neither of them when or where or how people generally think they did His contention is that there was no such thing as the human rights movement as we think of it today until the 1970s he doesn t buy the human rights have existed forever thing, nor that it was created after WWII in response to the Holocaust since there was very little consciousness of it at that time before Argues that human rights and humanitarianism have very different histories, and arose in very different contexts, and neither of them when or where or how people generally think they did His contention is that there was no such thing as the human rights movement as we think of it today until the 1970s he doesn t buy the human rights have existed forever thing, nor that it was created after WWII in response to the Holocaust since there was very little consciousness of it at that time befo...

  4. says:

    While the book does suffer from a lack of concrete examples of how human rights have been seen as different from civil or civic rights, Moyn makes a very interesting argument that human rights as a major cause arose only in the 1970s, that it arose as an anti politics as faith in other great causes utopias failed Moyn argues that human rights arose as faith in Marxist socialism and decolonisation ebbed, that human rights became a cause that, by championing the integrity of the in While the book does suffer from a lack of concrete examples of how human rights have been seen as different from civil or civic rights, Moyn makes a very interesting argument that human rights as a major cause arose only in the 1970s, that it arose as an anti politics as faith in other great causes utopias failed Moyn argues that human rights arose as faith in Marxist socialism and decolonisation ebbed, that human rights became a cause that, by championing the integrity of the individual, avoid the traps of political power He does explore the paradox of rights claims, that the right of the individual to protection against abuse by the state conflicted with the right to self determination as established after 1945 the idea that establishing states and governments was seen as a precondition to human rights, and yet served to allow governments to set up exactly the...

  5. says:

    Fantastic scholarly look at human rights as a global concept Historicizes the concept in an interesting way, and this idea needs to be historicized, not taken for granted as a universal timeless thing, as it is generally.

  6. says:

    A history of the principle of human rights on an international scale Previously, the concept of human rights could be traced to the Enlightenment But in this form, such as in La D claration des droits de l homme, human rights are part of citizenship under a nation state, and are not applicable outside the state s borders This is different from its current usage, which Moyn calls a politics of suffering , most often abroad, and where states are lacking.The term human rights first entered po A history of the principle of human rights on an international scale Previously, the concept of human rights could be traced to the Enlightenment But in this form, such as in La D claration des droits de l homme, human rights are part of citizenship under a nation state, and are not applicable outside the state s borders This is different from its current usage, which Moyn calls a politics of suffering , most often abroad, and where states are lacking.The term human rights first entered popular usage in the 1940s, as a justification for t...

  7. says:

    The book details the origins of human rights While many might think that the Age of Enlightenment, the American Revolution, or even post World World II were the impetus for the founding of what we today refer to as human rights, Moyn disagrees He cites the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s as the precursor to modern day human rights Moyn says that previous movements focused on property rights, the sovereignty of nation states, and or simply a philosophy, as with the Greeks Moyn argu The book details the origins of human rights While many might think that the Age of Enlightenment, the American Revolution, or even post World World II were the impetus f...

  8. says:

    I think he forgets that speaking the language of International Law and the belief of individual rights are two different things A history of human rights ideally should be rooted in organising not just in law The real world experience shows that even today, if local groups do not speak the legal individual rights, their demands constitute a belief in human rights core ideas the quest for human dignity So in that day the sub altern matters and anti colonialism IS a human rights movement cont I think he forgets that speaking th...

  9. says:

    I had to read this book in my History of Human Rights class and everyone in the class could not get through this book Moyn makes some interesting points but his grammar, use of language, and style of writing overshadows any arguments he makes He uses overly complex sentences that d...

  10. says:

    While I didn t agree with the argument Moyn puts forward, I think if interested in the topic the book is worth reading both for the discussion it elicits and the well done historiography of human rights

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