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Human Rights and Social Justice

Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 9 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5, Canada
Academic Editor: Bernadette Rainey
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 23 May 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 16 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Law of Human Rights and Social Justice)
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This paper addresses the question of the normative domains of human rights and social justice. Today, the dominant view in political philosophy is that they occupy largely distinct spheres, with social justice being a set of stronger egalitarian norms and human rights functioning as baseline protections against common threats posed by states to the general interests of persons subjected to them. Reflecting on current human rights practice and discourse, this paper develops a reconstructed normative model of social justice and human rights as nested membership norms in political societies. By connecting membership to processes of political legitimacy, human rights are conceptualized as increasingly functioning as the language of contesting and reforming barriers of exclusion to that status. This leads to an understanding of the possible content of human rights that is dynamic and relational, bringing it closer in line with the egalitarianism of social justice. View Full-Text
Keywords: human rights; social justice; political legitimacy; membership human rights; social justice; political legitimacy; membership
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