Religion And Morality : Human Rights, Rationality, And Sentimentality

993 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
The questions surrounding religion and morality make up much of all the great philosophical debate. There is constant discussion on the nature of the relationship between religion and morality and what role religion plays in morality. A large component of the argument can be seen through the idea of human rights and the different thoughts on the subject. Two philosophers that have strong beliefs on human rights are Richard Rorty and Michael Perry. While Rorty brings to light many aspects of his interpretation of human rights, there are so many tensions within his argument that it has to be rejected. He brings up what he believes to be the main problem of human rights, that people do not respect human rights. He then goes on to present an answer to the problem, humans must have moral progress to develop the notion of human rights, rational justification must be abandoned and replaced with sentimentality through story telling instead. Rorty explains all of this in his book Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentality. Alternatively, in Perry’s book The Idea of Human Rights, he argues that human rights must involve religion to be intelligible. Rorty definitely has some valid ideas on the topic of human rights, but they seem to be good in theory and not necessarily in reality. Rorty identifies the biggest problem in our world to be that people do not respect human rights. The reasons for that being that people tend to identify others as not fully human, even subhuman, through…

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