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The Development Of Rights And China’s Social Progress

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The ideal of allowing more people to enjoy more rights is widely shared. This is in itself both illustrative of certain assumptions concerning the value of rights and indicative of a conviction concerning the development of rights. Such ideals, convictions and facts have come to both symbolise and be motive forces promoting the historical advance of Chinese society. In this sense, the Chinese and Western traditions are the same in principle but different in their particulars . From around the middle years of the 19th century, enormous changes began to take place in Chinese society that had no precedent since classical times. Although we cannot as yet claim the existence of a social theory of rights with its own knowledge systems and explicatory principles, the explication of rights in social terms and society in rights terms is without doubt a richly appealing and challenging academic trend.

Keywords: Chinese society; development of rights; social theory of rights; Western tradition



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