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Mathias Risse

Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration
Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 225
Risse, Mathias. "Approaching Human Rights Law Philosophically: Reflections on Allen Buchanan, The Heart of Human Rights." Law and Philosophy 36.2 (April 2017): 169-190.


I begin by summarizing some of the main features of Buchanan’s account. I argue next that his account gets no support from defeating his envisaged opponent, the Mirroring View of human rights. Then I discuss some general ideas about the concept and different conceptions of human rights before introducing my own conception and explaining why I think it has certain advantages over Buchanan’s. In particular, my account is better suited for the intellectual engagement with China that philosophers should contribute to and whose centrality Buchanan recognizes.