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Beyond Human Rights is the second in an ongoing series of English translations of Alain de Benoist's works to be published by Arktos. Alain de Benoist begins Beyond Human Rights with an examination of the origins of the concept of 'human rights' in European Antiquity, in which rights were defined in terms of the individual's relationship to his community, and were understo ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Arktos
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Wilfredo Rodríguez Dotti
Oct 26, 2016 Wilfredo Rodríguez Dotti rated it really liked it
Interesting points of view about 'human rights' and 'natural rights', In this essay de Benoist strongly condemns the Western idea of natural rights, which is associated with the idea that all humans have human rights, objecting to the imposition of human rights obligations on a multicultural society. He argues that the Western ideology of human rights is rooted in the Christian idea that each person has a soul that has a direct relationship with God regardless of any social identity, this idea ...more
Ariston
Jul 22, 2012 Ariston rated it liked it
I'll be (hopefully) writing a fuller review of this later, but I have a few comments:

• Benoist makes a semi–Montesquieu–ian argument about the non–universality of rights (because legal systems must differ across cultures and situations); he also attacks the (incoherent) philosophical bases of the idea. He admits there are core human aspirations and traits that are admitted in laws, but these are fulfilled differently in different societies. It is not relativist in the common, nihilistic sense.

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M. K.
Sep 20, 2016 M. K. rated it liked it
man i don't know who teaches these people to write books
and i didn't really read this all at once so what do i know
but it felt like a lot of unnecessary fluff/restating of points was added to take the fundamental thrust of the book (which is basically all there in the first/last chapters) and fill it out to book length
said much more about much less than it really needed to or should have
maybe it's an academic thing, whatever
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An excellent book to expose Liberal hypocrisy and what horrible content beautiful words can hide!!!
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Depuis plus de trente ans, Alain de Benoist poursuit méthodiquement un travail d'analyse et de réflexion dans le domaine des idées. Ecrivain, journaliste, essayiste, conférencier, philosophe, il a publié plus de 50 livres et plus de 3000 articles, aujourd'hui traduits dans une quinzaine de langues différentes.

Ses domaines de prédilection sont la philosophie politique et l'histoire des idées, mais
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