Monday, 19 October 2015

Origins of Human Rights

Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, published "On the origins of human rights" in eutopia, the "Ideas for Europe Magazine": 
"The recent crisis over refugees is a valuable reminder of a dark past that Europeans often like to forget. In so many ways, especially since the end of the Cold War, Europeans have celebrated human rights as their most impressive contribution to world affairs. It was tempting to see, rather than the fundamental European contributions of capitalism and power politics, human rights as most expressive of the continent’s spirit. The truth, of course, is otherwise."