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Mme. H And Her Relationship With Messrs. D And S

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A certain degree of effort had to be expended to bring Human Rights to China. The particular appeal of human rights is also to be found in certain special aspects of their nature that are not like that of other rights. First, 'persons as human beings' is a moral rather than a legal judgement. Second, human rights are universal rights and are based on the fact of being human. Lastly, human rights that have moral basis and are universal are bound to conflict with any actual polity that is immoral and be a useful tool in criticism of and resistance to such a system. This chapter discusses the significance of human rights in the realisation of Kantian ideals or Confucian benevolence. The natural law traditions of China have not produced a concept of individual rights that meets modern standards. The chapter addresses some of the reasons why this is so.

Keywords: China; Confucian rules; human beings; human rights; individual rights; Kantian ideals; moral basis; natural law; traditions

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