Dao (2017) 16:457–460 DOI 10.1007/s11712-017-9570-x Liang, Tao 梁濤,ed., Virtues and Rights: On Confucianism and Human Rights from Cross-Cultural Perspectives 美德 與權利: 跨文化視域下的儒學與人權 Beijing 北京: Zhongguo Shehui Kexue Chubanshe 中國社會科學出 版社, 2016, 350 pages Yong LI Published online: 3 August 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017 This anthology collects 19 papers on the issue of human rights in relation to Confu- cianism. It would not do justice to the book if I tried to review each paper. Instead, I will present five major themes in these papers. The first theme centers on human rights. There are two different approaches to understand human rights: historical and nonhistorical. If we take the historical ap- proach, we see that there are different developments of our understanding of important human rights. As Sumner B. Twiss points out, the intercultural recognition of the idea of human rights has a history that “marks at least three distinctive generations (types) of human rights, with each successive generation not supplanting the earlier one(s) but rather adding to, as well as nuancing, the earlier” (25). The first generation of human rights is mainly civil-political rights or liberties, which were recognized just after World War II. The second generation, recognized
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