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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 Architecture of Concepts

Peter de Bolla

Fordham University Press

This chapter traces the history of debate in the colonies during the mid eighteenth century and leading up to the First Continental Congress around the issue of rights. It demonstrates how a new concept, ‘rights of man’ came to have currency in the colonies at this time. This concept helped the colonists explain and understand how they could propose and eventuate a separation from the mother country.

Keywords:   First continental congress, Rights of man, Natural rights, Human rights

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