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Lawso Discussion Summary 2 - only two years. After hundreds...

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Noah Greenberg Hopkins Lawso 1 2:00-2:50 October 8, 2008 This weeks readings in Lynn Hunt’s Inventing Human Rights focused primarily on the progress and advancement of rights in the quickly changing constitutions of France and the United States of America in the late 1700’s and 1800’s. Hunt discusses how the government giving rights to one group quickly led to the granting of rights to other groups. As soon as Protestants were granted religious freedom in France, the Jews began to charter for their own religious rights. Even women eventually gained certain rights in France, a group who for centuries could not have even dreamed of such things. The surprising part of this phenomenon is that all these changes occurred within almost
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Unformatted text preview: only two years. After hundreds of years in the dark ages and even the Enlightenment period where new rights were unheard of, the domino effect allowed for large amounts of new laws to be made. Along with rights such as suffrage and religious freedom, other vast changes were taking place in the 1800s. With the complete abolition of physical torture, and new punishments being created to bring shame to criminals, a new idea was born; honor. Question: Positivists believe that law is merely what we write down, but not an actual binding force. What then, do positivists believe can actually rule a society, besides that which is written?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2010 for the course LAWSO 151 taught by Professor Hajjar during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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