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International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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La concretezza dei diritti umani

Baldassare Pastore

pp. 59-71

In this article it is argued that human rights require justification. It regards their universality, their high priority, their legal character. Human rights deal with normative considerations involving a guarantee of a status, a prohibition to discriminate persons and/or to humiliate them. They are a type of social practice requiring implemetation and concretization. There are interests, needs common to every human being, goods (including the conditions of agency) the frustation of which is antithetical to the decent life of human beings. Human rights are indeterminate. Therefore they range from abstract to specific. It is only in all their application that human rights become concrete. Application involves interpretation. From this point of view the role of adjudication is fundamental. It connects the universality of human rights provisions and the particularity of individual cases. Adjudication implies a contextually embedded and situationally sensitive judgment of particulars.

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