Globalizing cultural values international human rights discourse as moral persuasion

Shared articulations of moral values across societies in the global age are like common currencies in globalized economy. No currency is pre-determined to be a world currency; no single articulation of moral values is pre-determined to be globally shared. The ultimate goal of the international human rights discourse is to promote certain moral values through persuasion; it should not be merely forcing people to change their behavior, but rather convincing people to accept certain moral values that they have not explicitly embraced or to embrace certain moral values as more important than they have previously held. This, I maintain, is the nature of the international human rights discourse.


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