Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Mediating Between Thick Invocations of the Common Good and Thin Apeals to Human Rights: The Case of South Africa

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Comparative Sociology
For content published from 1960-2001, see International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

AbstractHow shall we think of our public reasoning in modern, pluralist societies? Is the most reasonable doctrine a “thin” public morality, e.g., a “moral Esperanto” of rights? Or as Michael Walzer urges, must we concede that “morality is thick from the beginning, culturally integrated” in particular narrative traditions? Benjamin Gregg offers an incisive and original response in Thick Moralities, Thin Politics: Social Integration Across Communities of Belief. In responding to Gregg, I explore the role of human rights in the public, political discourse of modern, pluralist polities, drawing, in particular, on victims’ narratives in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). For, despite its limitations, the TRC offers an illuminating exercise in social integration among diverse communities.

Affiliations: 1: Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University 1735 Le Roy Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709, Email: woneill@jstb.edu

Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/15691330-12341241
Loading

Data & Media loading...

1. Asmal Kader , Asmal Louise , Roberts Ronald Suresh Reconciliation through Truth: A Reckoning of Apartheid’s Criminal Governance 1996 Cape Town and Johannesburg David Philip
2. Constitutional Assembly of the Republic of South Africa 1996 Preamble, Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, as adopted on 8 May 1996 and amended on 11 October 1996 by the Constitutional Assembly, Act 108 of 1996
3. Donnelly Jack Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice 2003 2nd ed. Ithaca Cornell University Press
4. Dworkin Ronald Taking Rights Seriously 1978 Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press
5. Gewirth Alan The Community of Rights 1996 Chicago University of Chicago Press
6. Gobodo-Madikileza Pumla A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid 2003 Boston Hughton Mifflin
7. Gregg Benjamin Thick Moralities, Thin Politics: Social Integration Across Communities of Belief 2003 Durham Duke University Press http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/9780822384526
8. Habermas Jurgen Rehg William Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of law and Democracy 1996 Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press
9. Krog Antjie "Testimony of Lukas Baba Sikwepere, at Human Rights’ Commission hearing in Heideveld, Cape Town; as reported in Krog" Country of My Skull 1998 Johannesburg Random House
10. Mill John Stuart Himmelfarb Gertrude On Liberty 1974 New York Penguin Books
11. Minow Martha Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence 1998 Boston Beacon Press
12. Nussbaum Martha Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach 2000 Cambridge Cambridge University Press http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511841286
13. O’Neill William "“Babel’s Children: Reconstructing the Common Good,”" The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 1998
14. Rawls John A Theory of Justice 1971 Cambridge, Massachusetts The Belkknap Press of Harvard University Press
15. Rawls John "“Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory,”" The Journal of Philosophy 1980 Vol 77
16. Rawls John Political Liberalism 1993 New York Columbia Univ. Press
17. Rorty Richard Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity 1989 Cambridge Cambridge University Press http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511804397
18. Rorty Richard "“Human Rights, Rationality and Sentimentality,”" The Politics of Human Rights 1999 London Verso 67 83
19. Rosenberg Tina "“A Reporter at Large: Recovering from Apartheid,”" New Yorker 1996 November 18
20. Sandel Michael Sandel Michael "“Introduction,”" Liberalism and Its Critics 1984 New York New York Univ. Press
21. Sen Amartya "“Well-Being, Agency and Freedom: The Dewey Lectures 1984,”" Journal of Philosophy 1984 Vol 82 195 202
22. Sen Amartya The Idea of Justice 2009 Cambridge, Mass. Belknap Press
23. Shue Henry Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy 1996 Princeton Princeton University Press
24. Tutu Desmond Mpilo Appiah-Kubi Kofi , Torres Sergio "“The Theology of Liberation in Africa,”" African Theology en Route 1979 Maryknoll, New York Orbis Books Papers from the Pan-African Conference of Third World Theologians,December 17–23, 1977, Accra, Ghana
25. Tutu Desmond Mpilo No Future without Forgiveness 1999 London Rider
26. United Nations "“Preamble,”" Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 A/RES/217 A (III), 10 Dec.
27. Verwoerd Wilhelm "“Continuing the Discussion: Reflections from Within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,”" Current Writings 8 1996 2
28. Villa-Vicencio Baum Gregory , Wells Harold "“Telling One Another Stories,”" The Reconciliation of Peoples: Challenge to the Churches 1997 Maryknoll, New York Orbis Books
29. Villa-Vicencio Charles , Verwoerd William Rotberg Robert , Thompson Dennis "“Constructing a Report: Writing up the ‘Truth’,”" Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions 2000 Princeton Princeton University Press
30. Walzer Michael Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad 1994 Notre Dame Univ. of Notre Dame Press
31. Wittgenstein Ludwig Anscombe G.E.M. Philosophical Investigations 1958 third edition New York Macmillan Publishing Co.
32. Young James The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning 1993 New Haven Yale University Press
33. Zalaquett José "“Introduction to the English Edition,”" Report of the Chilean National Commission of Truth and Reconciliation 1993 Notre Dame, Indiana University of Notre Dame Press
34. Zalaquett José "“Balancing Ethical Imperatives and Political Constraints: The Dilemma of New Democracies Confronting Past Human Rights Violations,”" Hastings Law Journal 1992 August Vol 43
http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/15691330-12341241
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/15691330-12341241
2012-01-01
2016-12-07

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Comparative Sociology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation