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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Hart Publishing; 1st Edition edition (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841130001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841130002
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...this is the most serious work on the theory of human rights yet to appear in the English language.
Bill Bowring -- King's College Law Journal 01/11/01

It offers a genuine alternative to the rather self-satisfied literature on human rights.
Peter Muchlinski -- Public Law 01/10/01

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Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2005
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If you wish to buy a standard text book on human rights it is easy to find a million examples lining the (virtual) shelves of bookshops. Most rehearse the conventional notions of human rights taken from the apostles of liberal philosophy beginning with John Locke in the 17th century and ending with John Rawls in the 20th. In contrast, The End of Human Rights by Professor Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck College, University of London) is a one-in-a-million rigorous exposé of the trenchant injustices that are covered up by the modern human rights agenda. In his words, it constitutes an "advanced textbook of legal theory and human rights for the melancholic lawyer at the end of the most atrocious century in the history of humankind".

The first half of the book is a genealogy of human rights. The author weaves a web of intricate connections between 'humanity' and 'rights' which spans the whole history of western philosophy. In a refreshing exercise in critical history, we are made aware of how Aristotle and Christ are just as important as Hobbes and Locke for the state of human rights today.

The second part of the book is a sustained philosophical analysis of human rights which deals with many pivotal philosophers that are simply ignored by most other authors. As well as re-reading Hobbes and Locke, Douzinas demonstrates the relevance of Marx, Burke, Heidegger, Hegel, Sartre, Freud, Lacan, Levinas and many others to the human rights debate.

Although the title of the book may give the impression that its major thesis is completely dismissive of the whole idea of human rights, you would be wrong to think so.
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By Nikolaos GAVALAS on 18 May 2015
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ιit is an excellent book and it deserves to be read by every lawyer, social scientist or philosofy teacher.
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