Theoretical foundations for interdisciplinary study of human rights


The article discusses the problematics of interdisciplinary study of human rights and the possibilityof development of a coherent theoretical basis thereof that would contribute immensely into the humanrights field both academically and practically. The question the author raises is whether there would bea possibility for human rights scholars to go beyond legal positivism and to overcome postmodernistmethodological cul-de-sac or whether there may be such an analytical framework that would providethe tools necessary to supplement the contemporary human rights studies conducted within social sciencesand humanities – which are almost inclusively descriptive – with a number of explanatory models.The article presents the comparative and critical analysis of the theoretical findings in the literatureon human rights by the numerous scholars in history, philosophy, international relations, anthropologyand ethnology, as well as natural science in order to establish the premises upon which it couldbe possible conduct effective interdisciplinary research on human rights which would include whereanalysis units are Individual, groups of individuals, communities, nations and supranational structuresrespectively.
Key words: sociology, human rights, paradigmatic impasse, interdisciplinary research.
How to Cite
M.M., Buzurtanova. Theoretical foundations for interdisciplinary study of human rights. Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Political Science, [S.l.], v. 72, n. 2, p. 82-88, july 2020. ISSN 2617-5843. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2020. doi: