Why Be Reasonable?
In search of a secular foundation for human rights.
The source: “The Morality of Human Rights: A Problem for Nonbelievers?” by Michael J. Perry, in Commonweal, July 14, 2006.
Though the 20th century witnessed some of the worst instances of man’s inhumanity to man, it also saw the birth of the human rights movement. As German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has noted, the language of human rights is now the only one “in which the opponents and victims of murderous regimes and...