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The Cultural Values of Europe$
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Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315800

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Freedom, Slavery, and the Modern Construction of Rights

Freedom, Slavery, and the Modern Construction of Rights

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(p.115) 5 Freedom, Slavery, and the Modern Construction of Rights
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The Cultural Values of Europe
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Orlando Patterson

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846311383.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the ideals of freedom and fundamental human rights. First, it outlines the nature of freedom and its social construction in relation to slavery. Next, it discusses the origins of freedom in the ancient and medieval west. The chapter also discusses the emergence of freedom as a result of agrarian capitalist revolutions of Europe, and examines religion, race and slavery in the American reconstruction of freedom. Finally, the chapter describes the development of rights theory and rights rhetoric.

Keywords:   freedom, human rights, slavery, agrarian capitalist, religion, race

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