Lawso Discussion Summary 1

Lawso Discussion Summary 1 - a much more recent context,...

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Noah Greenberg 3194719 Lawso 1 2:00 Section October 1, 2008 This weeks readings by Lynn Hunt and Lawrence Friedman share many key ideas. In Inventing Human Rights , Hunt begins with the question of what a “human right” really is. Challenging the idea that a human right is a universally acknowledged value or truth, Hunt asks why human rights need be written out if they are so commonly accepted. Similarly, Friedman challenges the reader on the true meaning of the word “law.” Both passages continue to analyze the way in which laws and human rights came to be. Hunt points out that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” which we now take for granted as basic human rights were not always there. The formation of human rights was a lengthy process, beginning with the French doctrines of basic law, and resulting hundreds of years later in America’s own constitution. In the same way, but in
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Unformatted text preview: a much more recent context, the laws which bind our country today were not always in place. Friedman speaks of how the relatively modern process of judicial review has helped reshape laws concerning segregating schools or the power of the President. Likewise, the French process of human rights undertook the same arduous steps. Beginning with a criminal justice system based on torture, writers and philosophers like Voltaire and Beccaria slowly began to reform French culture by criticizing the way in which religion was driving so many criminal cases. Over time the monarchs began to use torture less and less, as the culture began to tolerate torture less and less. After multiple centuries, the French finally gave way to torture, paving the way for more modern legal procedures. Questions When do human rights become universally accepted, as different cultures share different values and ethics?...
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