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The Architecture of ConceptsThe Historical Formation of Human Rights$
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Peter de Bolla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254385

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254385.001.0001

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“The Rights of Man Were but Imperfectly Understood at the Revolution”

“The Rights of Man Were but Imperfectly Understood at the Revolution”

The Architecture of Rights of Man

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The Architecture of Concepts

Peter de Bolla

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores how Tom Paine’s Rights of Man put into circulation a phrase ‘the rights of man’. It argues that this phrase is related but not identical to the concept ‘rights of man’ that was developed in the colonies before the American war of Independence. It demonstrates how a conceptual form works in the world and also how during the 1790’s in Britain it was also effectively neutered.

Keywords:   Rights of Man, Tom Paine, Human rights

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