Taking Human Rights Not Too Seriously


The doctrine of human rights is undergoing a difficult test today. On the one hand, we are dealing with a recurring question about its universality. Is it only an expression of Western anthropological sensitivity and should therefore be observed only in the West, or does it refer to human nature as it is and should therefore be observed everywhere, including in Islamic civilisation? On the other hand, secularisation detaches the doctrine from its theistic sources, resulting in its positivisation. Human rights in this version would only be the result of agreements between people and, therefore, like any other social contract, could be freely changed or reinterpreted. An example of such a reinterpretation of the doctrine is the proposal to recognise abortion as a human right. The author also addresses these issues from the position of Catholic social teaching and raises the question of the consequences of these changes for the Church and its official absolute or conditional support for the doctrine.

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Opublikowane : 2019-12-27

Mazurkiewicz, P. (2019). Taking Human Rights Not Too Seriously. Studia Polityczne, 47(4), 31-64. https://doi.org/10.35757/STP.2019.47.4.02

Piotr Mazurkiewicz 
Institute of Political Science, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw  Polska