The Philosophy of Human Rights

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Fall 2021

Taught By: Jay Bernstein

Section: A

CRN: 11089

Credits: 3

The idea that we each possess fundamental rights that have something to do with our moral standing and status in the world is now widely if not universally accepted. Yet, the notion of rights is far from transparent. This course will look at competing theories concerning the nature, function, justification, and significance of rights. The course will contrast, in particular, the demanding claim that there are human rights that each human possesses simply by having been born, with the traditional view that rights are legal items that must be politically or legally posited in order to exist. Among the authors to be considered will be Marx, Arendt, Charles Beitz, James Griffin, Claude Lefort, and Samuel Moyn.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 25

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:53am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 901

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021