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The Construction of Human Rights Discourse in the Context of Political Philosophy and A perspective from China
Pages: 39-45
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Nankai Journal(Philosophy,Literature and Social Science Edition)

Keyword:  Enlightenment Human Rights ViewCultural PluralismContemporary Human Rights DiscourseChina’s Perspective;
Abstract: The present human rights discourse is mainly formed with the dominance of the enlightenment culture in Europe and America. However, in the context of globalization and cultural pluralism, when human beings take human rights as a guiding principle for practice, they find that different cultures have different understandings about human rights. From a hermeneutic point of view, the term human rights originates in the West, but the connotation of human rights can be filled by different cultures. The construction of contemporary human rights discourse needs to abandon the doctrine taking the western culture as the center, and accept possible contributions from different cultures to the connotation of human rights under the formal and virtual constraints of human rights concept. Only in this way can a different culture consciously perceive human rights as being inherently civilized rather than"foreign". In the construction of contemporary human rights discourse, some philosophical elements in Chinese culture also can make a positive contribution.
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