Inventing Human Rights by Lynn Hunt

2011-11-28 (Monday) § Leave a comment

Cover of "Inventing Human Rights" by Lynn Hunt

This title jumped out at me when I was trawling a shelf at the public library.  One of my favorite topics:  Where did we get this notion of “rights”?  I’m on page 56 and the author is describing how the rise of epistolary novels (i.e. comprised of letters written by the characters to each other) about servants and commoners got 18th-century Europeans used to empathizing with people who weren’t altogether like them.

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