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Title Inventing human rights : a history / Lynn Hunt.
Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2007.
Edition 1st ed.

Location Call No. Status Notes
 Purdy-Kresge Library  JC 585 .H89 2007    CHECKED IN
Description 272 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [230]-260) and index.
Contents "Torrents of emotion" : reading novels and imagining equality -- "Bone of their bone" : abolishing torture -- "They have set a great example" : declaring rights -- "There will be no end of it" : the consequences of declaring -- "The soft power of humanity" : why human rights failed, only to succeed in the long run.
Summary In this extraordinary work of cultural and intellectual history, Hunt grounds the creation of human rights in the changes that authors brought to literature, the rejection of torture as a means of finding out truth and the spread of empathy.
Subject Human rights -- History.
Human rights in literature.
Torture -- History.
Standard No. 82671737 271218268
ISBN 9780393060959 (hardcover)
0393060950 (hardcover)
9780393331998 (pbk.)
0393331997 (pbk.)
OCLC # 71243832
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