H. Gene Blocker and human rights - 91891

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  1. What, according to H. Gene Blocker, are the most important historical sources for our contemporary conception of human rights?
  2. To what extent, if at all, can you identify in contemporary culture and government specific legacies of any of the ancient codes, documents, and artifacts we studied this week?


According to H. Gene Blocker, the most important historical sources of the idea that all humans possess inalienable rights or "natural" human rights have its roots from "the ancient medieval notions of natural law and natural, or human, rights" and this philosophy of ideas evolved from pre-modern ideas of philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, to medieval and modern set of ideas coming from Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Jefferson, Jeremy Bentham, Eleonore Roosevelt to the United Nations 19