Human Rights in the Age of Climate Change: Environmental Rights and the Ethics of Migration

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Human Rights & Climate Change
Spring 2024
Taught By: Jay Bernstein
Section: A

CRN: 14501

Credits: 4

Because of anthropocentric climate change, liberal capitalism has become an ecologically failed and egalitarian failing form of life. This course contends that human rights should become the orienting political morality for twenty-first century life. In the first half of the course we will examine competing theories concerning the nature, function, justification, and significance of human rights. This stretch of the course will contrast, in particular, the traditional claim that human rights are natural rights that each possesses simply by having been born with the political view that rights are legal moral-legal constructions that must be politically or legally posited in order to exist. In the second half of the course we will look at urgent questions that arise in light of climate change: Does everyone have a right to a safe environment? What is the meaning of the right to life in the Anthropocene? Does living nature have rights? That is, do rivers or trees or ecological habitats have rights? And most urgent, do climate migrants have rights to asylum? A right to settle elsewhere? Should there be open borders? Among the authors to be considered will be Marx, Hannah Arendt, Charles Beitz, James Griffin, Claude Lefort, Samuel Moyn, Arash Abizadeh, and David Owen.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (PHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 3:16am EDT 7/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1106
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/15/2024