What Does Cultural Difference Require of Human Rights

In Cindy Holder & David Reidy (eds.), Human Rights. The Hard Questions, Cambridge University Press (2013)
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Th e contemporary right to freedom of thought together with all its further declinations into freedom of speech, religion, conscience and expression, had one of its earliest historical recognitions at the end of the Wars of Religion with the Edict of Nantes (1598). In several respects one can saythat the right to freedom of thought is virtually “co-original” with the endof the Wars of Religion. Following this thought further, one might think that human rights defi ne the boundaries of our social coexistence and are inextricably connected to the “fact” of cultural pluralism.
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