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Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights, Cambridge University Press


Author: Leonard Francis Taylor
Pages: 358
ISBN: 978110873180
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Catholic cosmopolitanism has made an essential contribution to the rise of human rights law in the twentieth century. This well-researched book convincingly demonstrates that such an approach to international law did not come out of the blue but instead built on a millennium of Catholic legal, political and theological thought from the medieval period to the modern. It also leaves the reader with a pressing question: will the fruitful alliance of cosmopolitan traditions stemming from the Enlightenment and Christianity hold? Swimming somewhat against the tide, the author makes a case for why this would be desirable while acknowledging that it appears increasingly unlikely.' Hans-Martien ten Napel, Universiteit Leiden

'This timely and challenging book takes us beyond the traditional histories of human rights law, exploring its often neglected roots in and links to the contested cosmopolitanism of Catholicism. Understanding the roots and limits of the modern human rights project requires continuous reflection and an openness to new ways of thinking about the ruptures that human rights claims seek to provoke. Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights will be an indispensable resource for all scholars and historians of the human rights project, and for critical and sympathetic observers of Catholicism's claims to universalism.' Siobhán Mullally, Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at National University of Ireland Galway
Link: https://www.cambridge.org/ie/academic/subjects/law/human-rights/catholic-cosmopolitanism-and-human-rights?format=PB&isbn=9781108731805