Human rights between brute fact and articulated aspiration

Stenner, Paul (2013). Human rights between brute fact and articulated aspiration. In: Madsen, Mikael Rask and Verschraegen, Gert eds. Making Human Rights Intelligible: Towards a Sociology of Human Rights. Oñati International Series in Law and Society (1). Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 105–125.



This chapter provides the basis for a process theoretical sociology of human rights. It offers critiques of Luhmannian and Foucaultian approaches and builds upon Turner's (1993) rethinking of the fact / value distinction. A.N. Whitehead's implicit sociology from 'Adventures in Ideas' (1933) is presented as a valuable precursor to process thinking in sociology.

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