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Anarchism and Human Rights: A critical comparision of two opposites
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Today’s human rights are highly state-centred. The purpose of this thesis is to develop human rights theories by critically compare it with an obvious opposite: anarchism. The thesis presents three criteria, which a good human rights approach should meet. The aim is to study how well the current approach and an alternative anarchist approach meet these criteria of a good human rights approach. Hohfeld’s description of “rights” and “duties” is used to understand how a human-rights account possibly could function in a state-less world.

 

The thesis concludes that within the current approach several challenges arise when states are the carrier of duties of the human rights. The obvious conclusion might be that the anarchistic state-less approach fails to meet the criteria for a good human rights approach, but the thesis shows that it is not that easy. Anarchism teaches us about other carrier of duties then states, which in some cases are to prefer. The thesis challenges the sovereign states with the help of anarchism. Furthermore the thesis shows that already today the growing global civil society is challenging the sovereign states by introducing other actors. The thesis do not intend to present an alternative solution for the human rights problems, instead the aim is to critically study things we take for granted by philosophical reflection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 50
Keywords [en]
Human Rights, Anarchism, Carrier of Duties
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384865DiVA, id: diva2:1321961
Subject / course
Human Rights
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
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Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved

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