The Sacredness of the Person has 16 ratings and 3 reviews. Yang said: Like Tiryakian What Hans Joas has done is none of this. A hi Like Tiryakian said in his. Hans Joas ranks among the most distinguished European social theorists of rights that centres on the idea of the sacredness of the person. A New Genealogy of Human Rights by Hans Joas, Hum Rights Rev DOI /s BOOK REVIEW The Sacredness of the Person.

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Due to the innovative character of its approach and to the clarity of its argument, this book will become one of the most important publications on the genesis and validity of human rights.

The Sacredness of the Person

Skip to main content. In other words, if we take the starting point to be competing theories or metaphysical claims of personhood, and recognize that there are traditions in which humans are not on the hhe in man’s purview as the Catholic church when it first met with the French Revolutionthen the emergence of the H. From this point, Joas takes his findings to a more general level and argues that sscredness rights values emerged in response to historical experiences of violence, drawing on the religiously inspired American abolitionist movement as a model of how collective experiences of violence had been successfully translated into commitments to universalist values.

Francisca Soromenho added it Nov 11, Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Vlada Berezhnaya marked it as to-read Feb 06, Finally got to read the book after almost four years! John Measor marked it as to-read Aug 24, The Sacredness of the Person: Lydia added it Jul 06, What Is Affirmative Genealogy?


Table of Contents Preface Introduction 1. Jan rated it liked it Jul 03, Caleb Scoville marked it as to-read Jun 24, What Hans Joas has done is none of this. Tishya marked it as to-read Apr 08, At the same time, however, Joas does not try simply to reconstruct what he thinks is the most accurate history of the origins of human rights. Refresh and try again.

Daan rated it it was ok Aug 18, Although the author himself suggests otherwisehis analysis simultaneously appears to be an inquiry into the ambivalent historic relations between Christianity and human rights from the perspective of religious studies, and incrementally, to express jaos theological argument of how Christian belief in human rights can be made plausible today.

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Kyle Nicholas rated it it was amazing Nov 09, BellahProfessor of Sociology, Emeritus, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley “Eschewing ahistorical rational justifications of timeless universal values as well as debunking genealogical deconstructions of historical origins, Hans Joas offers an affirmative genealogy of human rights as a fruitful alternative.

Sigfried Gold perskn it as to-read Jun 20, Joas demonstrates that the history of human rights cannot adequately be described as a history of ideas or as legal history, but as a complex transformation in which diverse cultural traditions had to be articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of everyday life.

The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights by Hans Joas

The author concludes by portraying the emergence of the UN Declaration of Human Rights of as a successful process of value generalization. He discusses the abolition of torture and slavery, once common practice in the preth ths west, as two milestones in modern human history. Frantisek Spinka is currently reading it Dec 21, According to Joas, every single human being has increasingly been viewed as sacred.


He then goes on to defend his main hypothesis by explaining the abolition of torture in most European countries in the course of the 18th Century as a tool of the criminal justice system as a cultural transformation of values: To ask other readers questions about The Sacredness of the Personplease sign up. Alina Indi marked it as to-read Nov 29, The Unrelenting Sacgedness on Human Dignity “One of the world’s most distinguished social philosophers takes on one of the most pressing issues of our times noas offers an entirely original approach.

The Sacredness of the Person. What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity?

Be the first to ask a question about The Sacredness of the Person. Morteza marked it as to-read Jan 22, Mel rated it liked it Aug 29, According to Joas, this process originated in the North American colonies of the late 18th Century, but it spread and was consolidated across the European continent shortly after.

In the final section, Joas returns to the path of social history and describes the drafting process of the Universal Decla- ration of Human Rights as an example of the successful generalization of values across cultural boundaries.