Matthew Syers Philosophy 419 April 20, 2008 Eleventh Paper Human rights are centered on a western ideology bringing of “good” to the underprivileged, downtrodden, and dispossessed people of the world. Human rights historically have been centered on citizens who demand better social and economic rights from their unfair rulers or governments. It is a western concept to give a more individualistic value to each person with the notion that these persons “deserve” their rights and in accordance to the peoples demand, the ruling state should grant them. It is not entirely an awful concept, but rather heartless. Human rights are heartless because it has such emphases on the “individual” and how each “individual” deserves a right to do as they please, with out violating others as well. Having such individualized concepts leaves a gap between people and their social construct. Where do human rights acknowledge family, neighbors, community, or government duties? Human rights grant
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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.