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Human Rights in Our Time: Essays in Memory of Victor Baras
Human Rights in Our Time: Essays in Memory of Victor Baras
Edited by Marc F. Plattner
Westview Press, 1984, 161 pp

President Carter's human rights campaign, whatever its success or failure in furthering his foreign policy aims, has had one measurable result: the cascade of published words on the subject. Many of the publications are overlapping or repetitious, but, as this book illustrates, the topic has a way of stimulating thought going further than the official statements and unofficial comment of the time. This series of essays, ranging rather widely and not tied to a single thesis, is a pleasant surprise. Some are historical, some contemporary; some philosophical, some directed to recent or current policy. All are worth reading.