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Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights Edited by Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks and Andrew K. Woods. Published by Oxford University Press. Oct 2012. Description: In Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights, editors Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, and Andrew K. Woods bring together a stellar group of contributors from across the social sciences to apply a broad yet conceptually unified array ...

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John Tasioulas: ‘Towards a Philosophy of Human Rights’

John Tasioulas: ‘Towards a Philosophy of Human Rights’

This is John Tasioulas’s inaugural lecture as Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, UCL Faculty of Laws, delivered on 19 January 2012. A “moderately revised version” of this excellent lecture has recently been published online here (behind a paywall) in Current Legal Problems. You can also read a pre-final version here. Here is the article’s abstract: Two important trends are discernible in ...

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Dignity, Rank, and Rights

Dignity, Rank, and Rights

Oxford University Press has released Dignity, Rank, and Rights. The book contains the 2009 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered by Jeremy Waldron at the University of California at Berkeley, followed by three critical commentaries and Waldron’s reply. Description: Writers on human dignity roughly divide between those who stress the social origins of this concept and its role in marking ...

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Amartya Sen on the Global Reach of Human Rights

Journal of Applied Philosophy has published online the paper Amartya Sen presented as the Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Lecture in Oxford on 14 June 2011: The Global Reach of Human Rights [PDF] You can also listen to a discussion between Amartya Sen and Jeremy Waldron on Sen’s lecture here. Abstract: We live in a world in which the idea of ...

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David Reidy on Human Right to Democracy

David A. Reidy (University of Tennessee) has posted a new paper at SSRN titled: On the Human Right to Democracy: Searching for Sense Without Stilts The paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Social Philosophy (2012). Abstract: In this paper I argue that once we get clear on the various ways in which universal justice-based moral rights are transformed into ...

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Seyla Benhabib’s New Book on Human Rights

Seyla Benhabib’s New Book on Human Rights

A new book by Seyla Benhabib (Yale) on human rights and cosmopolitanism has been released: Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times Polity (Sep 30, 2011) 288 pages Book description: The language of human rights has become the public vocabulary of our contemporary world. Ironically, as the political influence of human rights has grown, their philosophical justification has become ...

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John Mikhail on Moral Grammar and Human Rights

John Mikhail (Georgetown University) has posted an important paper at SSRN: Moral Grammar and Human Rights: Some Reflections on Cognitive Science and Enlightenment Rationalism It will be published in Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights, edited by Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks and Andrew Woods (Oxford University Press 2012). Abstract: A striking feature of contemporary human rights scholarship is the extent ...

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Thomas Besch’s Critique of Rainer Forst’s Constructivism

Thomas M. Besch (Sydney) has posted a new manuscript at PhilPapers, criticizing Rainer Forst’s constructivist theory of human rights: Reflections on the foundations of human rights (PDF) Abstract: Is there an approach to human rights that justifies rights-allocating moral-political principles as principles that are equally acceptable by everyone to whom they apply, while grounding them in categorical, reasonably non-rejectable foundations? ...

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Thomas Christiano on Human Right to Democracy

The current issue of Philosophy & Public Affairs has published Thomas Christiano’s An Instrumental Argument for a Human Right to Democracy. (You can get a free 30-day trial, as instructed on Journal homepage.) An excerpt: I argue here that there are good grounds for thinking that there is a moral human right to democracy and that this does not impinge ...

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