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"The Endtimes of Human Rights" by Stephen Hopgood

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 29.1 (Spring 2015)

March 6, 2015

"The Endtimes of Human Rights" by Stephen Hopgood

The Endtimes of Human Rights, Stephen Hopgood (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2013), 255 pp., $27.95 cloth.

Review by Clifford Bob

In this scathing indictment of the human rights movement, Stephen Hopgood contends that it has sold out its moral clarity for an alliance with interventionist liberal states. The core problem for Hopgood is not human rights, as such—that is, not the locally rooted, citizen-based quest for meaningful freedoms within particular nations or cultures. Rather, it is Human Rights, a globalized superstructure of norms, institutions, and organizations devoted to saving an abstraction: humanity.

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