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Tasioulas, John

  • Adam EtinsonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_310-1

John Tasioulas (b. 1964 – Wollongong, Australia) is a moral, political, and legal philosopher, working in the Anglo-American tradition. His main scholarly contributions are in the areas of human rights, the philosophy of international law, and the philosophy of punishment.

Tasioulas is a leading proponent of what has been called the “orthodox” approach to human rights. This is a traditional view (hence its “orthodoxy”), rooted in the natural law tradition, according to which human rights are moral rights that all human beings possess simply in virtue of their humanity. In recent philosophical debates, this view has been opposed to the so-called “political” approach (originally attributed to John Rawls), which understands human rights as moral rights that perform a distinctive role in international political affairs, e.g., as triggers for intervention, standards of legitimacy, or aid targets. Tasioulas has also offered an account of the grounding of human rights in considerations of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film StudiesThe University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sally Scholz
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA