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Human rights and global humanity

This essay purports to explore the conflict between the universal idea of basic human rights and Asian contexts, values, and concepts of good life and happiness. Doing so, it proposes to draw several conceptual distinctions in the present global discourse of human rights. It then examines three Asian valuearguments, namely, the postmodern, the pragmatic, the critical. It further proceeds to defend the pragmatic and liberal argument on the one hand and insists the unity and integrity of the universal idea of basic human rights on the other hand.

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