Geri Anasayfa

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ABANDONING UNIVERSALISM: THE TRANSFORMATION OF JOHN RAWLS’S CONCEPTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Abstract
The idea of universal human rights has historically been associated with liberalism, and advocated by its representatives. Challenges to this view from within the Western tradition has been articulated by communitarian thinkers, who in turn base their critique on the ideas of cultural diversity and difference. John Rawls’s theory of justice posits a case worthy of examination with this respect. Rawls is regarded as the foremost representative of liberal thought in the 20th century. Yet, changing moments of his theory between the 1970s and the 1990s demonstrates a tendency towards incorporating culturalist concepts and modes of analysis. This article analyses Rawls’s conception of human rights, in its changing content and significance, throughout this trajectory.

Keywords
Rawls, justice as fairness, human rights, universalism, culture