Human rights

| April 14, 2015

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Theory 2:                             Rights value: Universality and Context

This Week texts:

  • Hannah Arendt. “The Perplexities of the Rights of Man” ur The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951.
  • Martha C. Nussbaum. “Capabilities and Human Rights”, 1997.
  • Thomas Pogge “The International Significance of Human Rights”, 2000

 

Note: Use only the relevant literature and give the exact and specific reference page numbers.

The assignment!

Below is an article taken from the ICCPR. Imagine that you are either Arendt or Nussbaum.

Start by outlining the central features in your selected theorists’ position on human rights.

Discuss then, depending on your chosen theorist position, what that right protects, why it is important and what opportunities and / or shortcomings that it has. Be sure to stick to the arguments that your chosen position contains.

Article 9

Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.

 

Note: if you chose Nussbaum, take into account her “ capability approach which is her central point” And if you chose Arendt take into account her theory concerning “nationality and political affiliation which is her central point”

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