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Human Rights, Universalism and Cosmopolitanism: Between Cultures and Civilizations

  • Vittorio Cotesta
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Abstract

This contribution offers an outlook into the relationships between human rights, universalism and cosmopolitanism. The author’s thesis is that there is a close relationship between these three topics. No human rights can be without universalism. If human rights are limited only to particular social groups, these are not human rights but privileges. Neither human rights nor universalism can be without cosmopolitanism, because only the global mobility can guarantee the freedom for each human being. Particularism and nationalism are enemies for human rights.

In his contribution, the author stresses another thesis: We need a vision of human rights in which both aspects are enforced—universalism of human being and the specificity of each culture and civilization. This is a task very complex, but this is the challenge for the present century.

Keywords

Human rights Universalism Cosmopolitanism Culture Civilization 

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  • Vittorio Cotesta
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  1. 1.Roma Tre UniversityRomaItaly

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