Midterm paper - Matthew Syers March 27, 2008 Philosophy...

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Matthew Syers March 27, 2008 Philosophy 419: Human Rights and Confucianism Paper #1 What is the idea of human rights? In this paper I want to focus on bringing about the most coherent way one could understand what the phrase “human rights” means, or should mean. I will include Michael Perrys’s view of human rights as being religious and in addition I will include whether or not human rights are actually considered to be universal and absolute. In addition, I will present personal views and opinions of human rights and how they apply to humans in our present day world. According to Perry, “The idea of human rights consists of two parts: the premises or claim that every human being is sacred… and certain things ought not to be done to any human being and certain other things ought to be done for every human being (Perry, p 57).” Human rights are sacred and therefore the idea must be religious. Perry said that placing religion with human rights is something that seemed to happen indirectly. Through out time it has been religion that has given the deepest affirmation of meaningfulness in the reality of life. When one views the world through a religion, morality and selflessness of human rights are believed as well. Human rights with out religion leave “questions with no answers that set the limits of human possibilities (Perry, p15).” But, in contrast to that statement, when adding religion, questions have answers, and boundaries have limits to a meaningful end. This is where religion builds the thought of human rights as being sacred. Religion creates a more meaningful aspect with definite answers that can be understood and accepted on a more reassured level. With out religion, could human rights be held true?
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With religions incorporated into human rights, its draws the thought of whether they are considered to be universal. One would think that the very thought of human
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course PHI 490 taught by Professor Hagen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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