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The Architecture of Concepts: The Historical Formation of Human Rights

Peter de Bolla


The Architecture of Concepts proposes a radically new way of understanding the history of ideas. Taking as its example human rights, it develops a distinctive kind of conceptual analysis that enables us to see with precision how the concept of human rights was formed in the eighteenth century. The first chapter outlines an innovative account of concepts as cultural entities. The second develops an original methodology for recovering the historical formation of the concept of human rights based on data extracted from digital archives. This enables us to track the construction of conceptual arc ... More

Keywords: Theory of concepts, digital humanities, human rights, colonial crisis, continental congress, rights of man

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254385
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter de Bolla, author
King's College, Cambridge