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PHIL0207

Philosophy of Human Rights

The Philosophy of Human Rights
What is a human right? If there are human rights, what moral obligations, if any, follow from them, and who bears those obligations? In this course, we will investigate the philosophical origins and development of the concept of human rights. We will critically analyze both historical and contemporary moral perspectives concerning the existence and nature of human rights. What does it mean to say one possesses a human right? We will also take a close look at the issue of human rights as they relate to world poverty and humanitarian intervention. Authors will include Hobbes, Bentham, Rorty, Nickel, and Pogge. (Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1317).
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW PHL
Equivalent Courses:
FYSE1317 *

Sections

Spring 2014

PHIL0207A-S14 Lecture (Viner)