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Published: 01 December 2013

308 Pages | 30 b/w illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823254392

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The Architecture of Concepts

The Historical Formation of Human Rights

Peter de Bolla

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • This unusual book has three aims. First, it seeks to contribute to our understanding of concepts and how they work.
  • Second, it tests a specific methodology for tracking both the history of conceptual forms and their architectures by using data derived from digital archives, that is, by analyzing the appearance of specific terms throughout the texts of specific writers--how often they are used.
  • Third, the book aims to offer a contribution to the history of the concept of human rights by outlining how current conceptions of international human rights are built upon a particular conceptual architecture that has deep roots in the Enlightenment.