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ERIC Number: EJ1164549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
In Search of a Universal Human Rights Metaphor: Moral Conversations across Differences
Gordon, Mordechai
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v50 n1 p83-94 2018
This article takes up the educational challenge of the framers of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Specifically, the author explores the question of: how can we talk about a universal conception of human rights in a way that both respects the need for cultural pluralism and the necessity to protect those rights and freedoms that all people--regardless of differences such as race, class, culture, or religion--are entitled to? What metaphor or metaphors can be useful for us to speak clearly and coherently about the issue of universal human rights in a diverse world? The author examines a prevailing yet problematic metaphor, which Makau Mutua critiques in his well-known essay "Savages, Victims and Saviors: The Metaphor of Human Rights." He then attempts to articulate some common values that can serve as a foundation for an alternative conception of human rights. Next, he proposes an alternative metaphor--the Buddhist notion of equalizing and exchanging self and other--that more aptly captures the complexity and contradictions of talking about universal human rights. Finally, he turns to the role of education in helping people become familiar with and respect this alternative metaphor.
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Language: English
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