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Moral Systems and the Evolution of Human Rights

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This volume offers a comprehensible account of the development and evolution of moral systems.  It seeks to answer the following questions: If morals are eternal and unchanging, why have the world’s dominant religious moral systems been around for no more than a mere six thousand of the two hundred thousand years of modern human existence?  What explains the many and varied moral systems across the globe today?  How can we account for the significant change in moral values in one place in less than 100 years’ time? Using examples from classical civilizations, the book demonstrates how increasing diversity compromises a moral system’s ability to account for and integrate larger populations into a single social unit. This environmental stress is not relieved until a broader, more abstract moral system is adopted by a social system.  This new system provides a sense of belonging and purpose for more people, motivating them to engage in prosocial (or moral) acts and refrain from socially disruptive selfish acts.  The current human rights paradigm is the world’s first universal, indigenous moral system.  Because moral systems can be expected to continue to evolve, this book points to current boundaries of the human rights paradigm and where the next major moral revolution might emerge.  


Titel: Moral Systems and the Evolution of Human Rights
Autoren/Herausgeber: Bruce K. Friesen
Aus der Reihe: SpringerBriefs in Sociology
Ausgabe: 2015

ISBN/EAN: 9789401795500
Originalsprache: Englisch

Seitenzahl: 76
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 162 g
Sprache: Englisch

Bruce K. Friesen is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, specializing in the Sociology of Human Rights and Global Sociology. He serves as President of Sociologists Without Borders - USA, represents the American Sociological Association on the AAAS Human Rights and Science Coalition, and is past Chair of the ASA’s Section on Human Rights (2011-2012). Dr. Friesen is the author of several articles and two books; including Designing and Conducting My First Interview Project (Jossey-Bass 2010). He has directed several study abroad trips and is the recipient of over two dozen teaching awards and commendations.

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