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Workshop with Seyla Benhabib on ‘Dignity in Adversity’

Workshop with Seyla Benhabib on ‘Dignity in Adversity’

This is Seyla Benhabib’s opening speech to a one-day workshop in London on March 22, 2013, organized under the Yale-UCL partnership programme. The workshop discussed Benhabib’s latest collection of essays, Dignity in Diversity- Human Rights in Troubled Times (Polity Press, 2011). The videos of the other speeches: Laura Valentini: Another Universalism: On The Unity and Diversity of Human Rights Saladin ...

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New Book: ‘Making Human Rights a Reality’

New Book: ‘Making Human Rights a Reality’

Making Human Rights a Reality by Emilie M. Hafner-Burton Published by Princeton University Press – March 2013 Chapter 1 : The Problem of Human Rights [PDF] Description: In the last six decades, one of the most striking developments in international law is the emergence of a massive body of legal norms and procedures aimed at protecting human rights. In many ...

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Constellations Special Issue on Human Rights

Constellations Special Issue on Human Rights

The Current issue of Constellations (Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2013) has a special section on human rights, guest edited by Rainer Forst, Christoph Menke, and Stefan Gosepath. The section contains six papers by Seyla Benhabib, Charles Beitz, Etienne Balibar, Ahmed An-Na’im, Costas Douzinas, and Susanne Baer. This special issue originated in the international conference, “Human Rights Today: Foundations and Politics,” which ...

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Typology of Religious Arguments in Public Reason

Typology of Religious Arguments in Public Reason

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Rethinking Religious Reasons in Public Justification on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper intervenes in the debate on the place of religious arguments in public reason. I advance the debate not by asking whether something called “religious reasons” ought to be invoked in the justification of coercive laws, but by creating a typology of ...

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Seyla Benhabib: ‘Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of Cultural Difference’

Seyla Benhabib: ‘Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of Cultural Difference’

Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, presents her lecture, entitled “Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of ‘Cultural’ Difference”. The lecture is followed by a Q & A session. The event was held on November 29, 2012, as part of the Graduate Center, CUNY 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of ...

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Two New Papers by Waldron on Human Dignity

Two New Papers by Waldron on Human Dignity

Jeremy Waldron has posted the following papers on SSRN: Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights? Abstract: The paper will consider the common claim that human rights are based on human dignity as a foundational value. I will make some criticisms of that idea, arguing instead that dignity is a status that comprises fundamental human rights rather than being a ...

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Symposium on Jonathan Quong’s ‘Liberalism Without Perfection’

Symposium on Jonathan Quong’s ‘Liberalism Without Perfection’

Under the title Political Liberalism Vs. Liberal Perfectionism, the new issue of Philosophy and Public Issues (Vol. 2 NS, No. 1, 2012) has published a symposium on Jonathan Quong’s Liberalism Without Perfection (OUP 2011). Quong replies there to four critical commentaries on his book by Gerald Gaus, Michele Bocchiola, Joseph Chan, and Ben Colburn. Rejecting liberal perfectionism, Quong developed in Liberalism ...

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Leslie Green on Freedom, Autonomy, and Authenticity

Leslie Green on Freedom, Autonomy, and Authenticity

Professor Leslie Green has posted What is Freedom for? on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Two conceptions of the value of political freedom are popular. According to one, freedom serves autonomy, creating one’s own path through life. According to the other, freedom serves authenticity, keeping faith with an identity one did not choose. This paper bridges the gap between these ...

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The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy

The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy Edited by Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Agostino. Published 27th November 2012, by Routledge. 1050 pages. Description: The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy is a comprehensive, definitive reference work, providing an up-to-date survey of the field, charting its history and key figures and movements, and addressing enduring questions as well as ...

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Conference: ‘John Rawls: Past, Present, Future’

Conference: ‘John Rawls: Past, Present, Future’

To mark the tenth anniversary of John Rawls passing away (November 24, 2002), The Global Justice Program at Yale University, led by Thomas Pogge, hosts a full-day meeting tomorrow, November 30, 2012. The organizing committee invited papers from young scholars below 37. For the conference program and the accepted papers, available for download, see here.

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