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Asian Values and Human Rights A Confucian Communitarian Perspective (Wing-Tsit Chan Memorial Lectures) by Wm. Theodore de Bary

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Published by Harvard University Press .
Written in English


  • Confucianism,
  • Human rights,
  • Philosophy,
  • Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights,
  • Eastern - General,
  • Chinese Philosophy,
  • Political And Civil Rights,
  • Social Science,
  • Politics / Current Events,
  • Multicultural Nonfiction,
  • China,
  • History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical,
  • Asia - China,
  • Social values,
  • Anthropology - Cultural,
  • Eastern,
  • Asia,
  • Communitarianism

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages208
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7692027M
ISBN 100674049551
ISBN 109780674049550

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“The book is fascinating Asian Values and Human Rights is an attempt to present and defend an interpretation of Confucianism that may be relevant for Confucian-influenced societies in East Asia, especially China Too often, this kind of debate involves recovering obscure and long-forgotten references, and ‘proving’ that Asian societies profess this or that political value.   Human rights are neither a uniquely Western phenomenon nor a hindrance to economic development, the charges usually leveled against those who seek to implement human rights in Asia. In this valuable lecture, Amartya Sen points to intellectual .   The Asian challenge to the universality of human rights has sparked off intense debate. This volume takes a clear stand for universal rights, both theoretically and empirically, by analysing social and political processes in a number of East and Southeast Asian by: A series of thematic chapters allow the author to examine what Asian values mean for human rights, political development, regional co-operation, economics and culture. Intended for both the executive and the student, the guide seeks to explore the new Asia which has emerged from decades of rapid growth and economic by:

human rights are not universally valid because they are the product of Western norms or — in a subtler form of the argument — that human rights need to be appropriate for, and accepted in, specific local contexts in order to politically legitimate The ^Asian values _ ideology is a . The "Asian values" argument within the international human rights debate holds that not all Asian states should be expected to protect human rights to the same degree. This position of "cultural relativism," often used by authoritarian governments in Asia to counter charges of human rights violations, has long been dismissed by Western and Asian human rights advocates as a weak excuse.4/5(1). The term Asian values is a political ideology that arose in the s, which defined elements of society, culture, and history common to the nations of Southeast Asia and East aimed to use commonalities – for example, the principles of collectivism or communitarianism – to unify people for their economic and social good and to create a pan-Asian identity.   Buy a cheap copy of Human Rights and Asian Values: book. The Asian challenge to the universality of human rights has sparked off intense debate. This volume takes a clear stand for universal rights, both theoretically and Free shipping over $