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About Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame.  He is author most recently of Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (Oxford, 2012) and, with Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah, God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (Norton, 2011).

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

No human rights without God

Human rights need God because three ingredients are critical to their validity: universal moral norms, human dignity, and their “trump card” status.  These ingredients are found most vividly in religions grounded in the revelations of God.  They are also rooted in reason, but reason itself points to God. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Religion and Human Rights.


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