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The Sacredness of the Person has 16 ratings and 3 reviews. Yang said: Like Tiryakian What Hans Joas has done is none of this. A hi Like Tiryakian said in his. Hans Joas ranks among the most distinguished European social theorists of rights that centres on the idea of the sacredness of the person. A New Genealogy of Human Rights by Hans Joas, Hum Rights Rev DOI /s BOOK REVIEW The Sacredness of the Person.

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Taro marked it as to-read Jan 06, Neither Kant nor Nietzsche: Sigfried Gold marked it as to-read Jun 20, Reviews “The widely respected sociologist Hans Joas has made something of a detour in his personal intellectual history and moved into the terrain of sacgedness rights—one of the hot areas in the humanities and social sciences, yet one of the most difficult to enter.

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At the same time, however, Joas does not try simply to reconstruct what he thinks is the most accurate history of the origins of human rights. The Sacredness of the Person. In spite of the strong interest in a legitimation of Christian faith and values which may appear inappropriate for a study that considers itself to be sociological in nature, Joas presents an interesting alternative explanation for the emergence of human rights that — due to its high level of historical knowledgeability and self-reflection — clearly has the edge over most philosophical attempts.

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The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights

In other words, if we take the starting point to be competing theories or metaphysical claims of personhood, and recognize that there are traditions in which humans are not on the center in man’s purview as the Catholic church when it first met with the French Revolutionthen the emergence of the H. By arguing this way, he aims to rebut the two persistently dominant views: What Is Affirmative Genealogy? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Violence and Human Dignity: The book will be of great consequence for religious studies scholars. The sacralization of the person and universal human rights will only be secure in the future, warns Joas, through continued support by institutions and society, vigorous discourse in their defense, and their incarnation in everyday life and practice.

This is less obvious in the early chapters of the book in which Joas convincingly argues that the French Revolution and European Enlightenment need to be seen as anti-clerical rather than anti-religious movements, and that their human rights motif had been heavily influenced by the American Revolution, and particularly by the American Declaration of Independence From this safredness, Joas takes his findings to a more general level and argues that human rights values emerged in response to historical experiences of violence, drawing on the religiously inspired American abolitionist movement as a model of how collective experiences of violence had been successfully translated into commitments to universalist values.

Travis added it Jul 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. Investigates origins of sacralization of persons. Refresh and try again. Due to the innovative character of sacredess approach and to the clarity of its argument, this book will become one of the most important publications on the genesis and validity of human rights.

The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights by Hans Joas

He discusses the abolition of torture and slavery, once common practice in the preth century west, as two milestones in modern human history.

Wolfsteller seeking to justify human rights, on the other. Jooas have found no interest in popular polemical talks about the H.

Like Tiryakian said in his review,”a small book with big ideas”! Joas demonstrates that the history of human rights cannot adequately be described as a history of ideas or as legal history, but as a complex transformation in which diverse cultural traditions had to be articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of everyday life.


This also gives us a different perspective of thinking about secularization by reframing it as changing formulations of the sacred. In the final section, Joas returns to the path of social history and describes the drafting process of the Universal Decla- ration of Human Rights as an example of the successful generalization of values across cultural boundaries.

The Sacredness of the Person

Instead, Joas leaves us with not a great deal more than the rationalistic appeal to make coherent use of the idea of human rights ojas to its original historic intent — a plea which is just all joad familiar from prevailing philosophical approaches that Joas precisely intended to overcome. Ccc rated it did not like it Aug 07, Lists with This Book.

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He then goes on to defend his main hypothesis by explaining the abolition of torture in most European countries in the course of the 18th Century as a tool of the criminal justice system as a cultural transformation of values: Jan 11, Yang rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, sacrednesa sign up.

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New Book Alerts My Cart. Morteza marked it as to-read Jan 22, Click here to sign up. The book links brilliant theoretical argumentation with gripping phenomenological narrative as it illuminates modern processes of sacralization of the human person.

Ben marked it as to-read Dec 09, William rated it it was amazing May 25, Finally got to read the book after almost four years!