Human Rights: Theory and Practice
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6675
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Human rights are inescapable in contemporary political discourse. There is, however, some uneasiness underlying the appeal to human rights. When it comes to the point, no one is quite sure how to justify the claim that (all? only?) humans have these rights. And what are the rights that humans are supposed to have? Do they include political and civil rights for the oppressed, food for the starving, equality for minorities? If so, who has the duty (to provide these things? Is the concept of a right the appropriate value to guide political action in the contemporary world? Under what conditions does the violation of human rights license the intervention in the internal affairs of other countries? And who has the right to make these interventions? This course will pursue these questions through the work of a number of contemporary political philosophers.
Course Open to: Majors Only