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Human Rights, Inc.The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law$
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Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228171

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.001.0001

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Compulsory Development: Narrative Self-sponsorship and the Right to Self-Determination

Compulsory Development: Narrative Self-sponsorship and the Right to Self-Determination

(p.205) CHAPTER 4 Compulsory Development: Narrative Self-sponsorship and the Right to Self-Determination
Human Rights, Inc.

Joseph R. Slaughter

Fordham University Press

Fifty years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), human rights have been rearticulated explicitly as a program for development; nonetheless, the human person(ality) remains both the fundamental principle behind the law and its ultimate referent — the projected vanishing point of the convergence of human rights and development discourses. According to international law, the rights to development and self-determination derive from and realize the dignity and worth of the human person and the sovereignty of the human personality. In the “global information age,” human personality development (Bildung) becomes quantitative as well as qualitative. The relatively recent appointment of a right to development among the list of fundamental human rights makes explicit some of the unstated assumptions about the human personality and its free and full development that underpinned the UDHR.

Keywords:   Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human person, development, self-determination, sovereignty, human personality, Bildung, human rights, dignity, worth

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