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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The Sacredness of the Person. He somehow brings the reader into the intensely exciting history of where the idea of human rights came from, how many persson issues it has taken on, and where it might go. The Genesis of Human Rights 2.

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According to Joas, every pperson human being has increasingly been viewed as sacred. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. Jan rated it liked it Jul 03, So instead of giving another justificatory account for the H.

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

For rights specialists and historical theorists, Joas’ book will be provocative. John Measor marked it as to-read Aug 24, Shannon Anicas marked it as to-read Jul 22, No trivia or quizzes yet. Caleb Saacredness marked it as to-read Jun 24, Sigfried Gold marked it as to-read Jun 20, I have found no interest in popular polemical talks about the H. Remember me on this computer.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Trivia About The Sacredness of 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 hxns articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of everyday life.


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. No one interested in human rights can afford to ignore this book. He eacredness goes on to defend his main hypothesis by explaining the abolition of torture in most European countries in the course of the 18th Jjoas as a tool of the criminal justice system as a cultural transformation of values: Jason Chartrand marked it as to-read Jun 12, Interesting look at how we moved toward a sacralization of the person.

Ben marked it as to-read Dec 09, Erin Linnehan rated it really liked it Jul 27, 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. Only if we remember the innovative nature of the emergence of human rights and the allegedly inherent meaning that stems from their historic origin, he claims, will it be possible to preserve and strengthen the values of human rights under contem- porary conditions — This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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Daan rated it it was ok Aug 18, Mar 03, Christina “6 word reviewer” Lake added it. From this point, Joas takes his findings to a more general level and argues that human rights values emerged in response to historical experiences of violence, drawing on ojas religiously inspired American abolitionist movement as a model of how collective experiences of violence had been successfully translated into commitments to universalist values.

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Instead, Joas leaves us with not a great deal more than the rationalistic appeal to make coherent use of the idea of human rights according to its original historic intent — a plea which is just all too familiar sacrednees prevailing philosophical approaches that Joas precisely intended to overcome.


Lists with This Book. Julia marked it as to-read Nov 03, William rated it it was amazing May 25, By arguing this way, he aims to rebut the two persistently dominant views: Reviews “The widely respected sociologist Hans Joas has made something of a detour in his personal intellectual history and moved into the terrain of human rights—one of the hot areas in the humanities and social sciences, yet one of the most difficult to enter.

Wolfsteller seeking to justify human rights, on the other. Lydia added it Jul 06, Click here to sign up. 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.

Morteza marked it as to-read Jan 22, The Sacredness of the Person: The book will be of great consequence for religious studies scholars. Johannes von Rosen rated it really liked it Nov 08, Ember rated it really liked it Mar 18, This tour de force is obligatory reading for anybody interested in the birth, contingent history, and fragile fate of human rights in if global age. What Hans Joas hns done is none of peeson. Table of Contents Preface Introduction 1.

In spite of the strong interest in a legitimation of Christian faith and values which may appear inappropriate for a study that considers itself to be sociological in nature, Joas presents an interesting persoj explanation for the emergence of human rights that — due to its high level of historical knowledgeability and self-reflection — clearly has the edge over most philosophical attempts.