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UofC's Austin Walker discusses "What Human Rights Gets Wrong"

  • Kibbitznest 2212 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)
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Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research.


About the Discussion:

What is a human right? We all know the specific rights: life, liberty, due-process, health care, education, and the rest. But really, what is a right? Who guarantees it? And how do we come to possess them, anyway? Our politics is dominated by rights-talk, and my talk will argue that this is to our detriment. There is something about political life that "rights" can't capture. I will sketch a brief history of the development of human rights, offer alternative ways of thinking about politics, and judge the costs and benefits of each.

Sponsor: Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney


About Austin Walker:

Austin Walker holds a BA in Greek and Latin and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Education from the University of Mississippi. He is currently preparing a dissertation at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought on John Henry Newman's political philosophy.

FREE & OPEN to the public

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