Human Rights and the Care of the Self

Human Rights and the Care of the Self

criterion, which is that care of the self is nonprescriptive and allows for individuals to voluntarily adopt a moral code to cultivate the self. Human rights are here envisaged not in terms of obedience to law, but as a technique of the ...

Author: Alexandre Lefebvre

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822371694

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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When we think of human rights we assume that they are meant to protect people from serious social, legal, and political abuses and to advance global justice. In Human Rights and the Care of the Self Alexandre Lefebvre turns this assumption on its head, showing how the value of human rights also lies in enabling ethical practices of self-transformation. Drawing on Foucault's notion of "care of the self," Lefebvre turns to some of the most celebrated authors and activists in the history of human rights–such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Henri Bergson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Charles Malik–to discover a vision of human rights as a tool for individuals to work on, improve, and transform themselves for their own sake. This new perspective allows us to appreciate a crucial dimension of human rights, one that can help us to care for ourselves in light of pressing social and psychological problems, such as loneliness, fear, hatred, patriarchy, meaninglessness, boredom, and indignity.
Categories: Philosophy

Human Rights as a Way of Life

Human Rights as a Way of Life

But my point is that through Bergson we become attuned to a recurrent but mostly implicit preoccupation with self-care and personal transformation which travels throughout the human rights tradition. The second and third lines of ...

Author: Alexandre Lefebvre

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804786454

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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The work of Henri Bergson, the foremost French philosopher of the early twentieth century, is not usually explored for its political dimensions. Indeed, Bergson is best known for his writings on time, evolution, and creativity. This book concentrates instead on his political philosophy—and especially on his late masterpiece, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion—from which Alexandre Lefebvre develops an original approach to human rights. We tend to think of human rights as the urgent international project of protecting all people everywhere from harm. Bergson shows us that human rights can also serve as a medium of personal transformation and self-care. For Bergson, the main purpose of human rights is to initiate all human beings into love. Forging connections between human rights scholarship and philosophy as self-care, Lefebvre uses human rights to channel the whole of Bergson's philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

The Subject of Human Rights

The Subject of Human Rights

UN General Assembly, Resolution 217 A (III), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (December 10, 1948), emphasis added ... A fuller account of the authors I discuss below can be found in Lefebvre, Human Rights and the Care of the Self, ...

Author: Danielle Celermajer

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503613720

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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The Subject of Human Rights is the first book to systematically address the "human" part of "human rights." Drawing on the finest thinking in political theory, cultural studies, history, law, anthropology, and literary studies, this volume examines how human rights—as discourse, law, and practice—shape how we understand humanity and human beings. It asks how the humanness that the human rights idea seeks to protect and promote is experienced. The essays in this volume consider how human rights norms and practices affect the way we relate to ourselves, to other people, and to the nonhuman world. They investigate what kinds of institutions and actors are subjected to human rights and are charged with respecting their demands and realizing their aspirations. And they explore how human rights shape and even create the very subjects they seek to protect. Through critical reflection on these issues, The Subject of Human Rights suggests ways in which we might reimagine the relationship between human rights and subjectivity with a view to benefiting human rights and subjects alike.
Categories: Political Science

Towards Human Rights in Residential Care for Older Persons

Towards Human Rights in Residential Care for Older Persons

Most of England's human rights today that would be relevant for the care of older people derive from the European ... As the law currently stands, the self-funding resident of a private care home in the UK is not protected by the HRA.

Author: Helen Meenan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317910725

Category: Law

Page: 230

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People are leading significantly longer lives than previous generations did, and the proportion of older people in the population is growing. Residential care for older people will become increasingly necessary as our society ages and, we will require more of it. At this moment in time, the rights of older people receive attention at international and regional levels, with the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the African Union exploring the possibility of establishing new conventions for the rights of older persons. This book explores the rights of older people and their quality of care once they are living in a care home, and considers how we can commence the journey towards a human rights framework to ensure decent and dignified care for older people. The book takes a comparative approach to present and future challenges facing the care home sector for older people in Africa (Kenya), the Arab world (Egypt), Australia, China, England, Israel, Japan and the USA. An international panel of experts have contributed chapters, identifying how their particular society cares for its older and oldest people, the extent to which demographic and economic change has placed their system under pressure and the role that residential elder care homes play in their culture. The book also explores the extent to which constitutional or other rights form a foundation to the regulatory and legislative structures to residential elder care and it examines the important concept of dignity. As a multi-regional study of the care of older person from a human rights perspective, this book will be of excellent use and interest, in particular to students and researchers of family and welfare law, long-term care, social policy, social work, human rights and elder law.
Categories: Law

Human Dignity

Human Dignity

Genealogy, 1(2), 1–14. doi:10.3390/genealogy1010002 Lefebvre, A. (2018). Human rights and the care of the self. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. MacInnis, L. (2016). Agency and attitude: Kant's purposive conception of human rights.

Author: Austin Sarat

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781803823898

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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This special issue investigates the meaning of justice and dignity and how they have changed over time. What do we mean by human dignity? How do we understand and interpret that meaning? How has it evolved?
Categories: Social Science

Human Rights and the Care of the Self

Human Rights and the Care of the Self

In Human Rights and the Care of the Self Alexandre Lefebvre turns this assumption on its head, showing how the value of human rights also lies in enabling ethical practices of self-transformation.

Author: Alexandre Lefebvre

Publisher:

ISBN: 0822371227

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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Examining human rights discourse from the French Revolution to the present, Alexandre Lefebvre turns common assumptions about human rights--that its main purpose is to enable, protect, and care for those in need--on their heads, showing how the value of human rights lies in its support of ethical self-care.
Categories: Philosophy

Artificial Life After Frankenstein

Artificial Life After Frankenstein

Alexandre Lefebvre, “The Rights of Man and the Care of the Self,” Political Theory, 44:4 (2016), 518–40, especially 522 and 535. Lefebvre aptly places Wollstonecraft at “the very inception of the human rights tradition” but in a broadly ...

Author: Eileen Hunt Botting

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812252743

Category: Political Science

Page: 306

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Artificial Life After Frankenstein brings the insights born of Mary Shelley's legacy to bear upon the ethics and politics of making artificial life and intelligence in the twenty-first century. What are the obligations of humanity to the artificial creatures we make? And what are the corresponding rights of those creatures, whether they are learning machines or genetically modified organisms? In seeking ways to respond to these questions, so vital for our age of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence, we would do well to turn to the capacious mind and imaginative genius of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851). Shelley's novels Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) and The Last Man (1826) precipitated a modern political strain of science fiction concerned with the ethical dilemmas that arise when we make artificial life—and make life artificial—through science, technology, and other forms of cultural change. In Artificial Life After Frankenstein, Eileen Hunt Botting puts Shelley and several classics of modern political science fiction into dialogue with contemporary political science and philosophy, in order to challenge some of the apocalyptic fears at the fore of twenty-first-century political thought on AI and genetic engineering. Focusing on the prevailing myths that artificial forms of life will end the world, destroy nature, and extinguish love, Botting shows how Shelley modeled ways to break down and transform the meanings of apocalypse, nature, and love in the face of widespread and deep-seated fear about the power of technology and artifice to undermine the possibility of humanity, community, and life itself. Through their explorations of these themes, Mary Shelley and authors of modern political science fiction from H. G. Wells to Nnedi Okorafor have paved the way for a techno-political philosophy of living with the artifice of humanity in all of its complexity. In Artificial Life After Frankenstein, Botting brings the insights born of Shelley's legacy to bear upon the ethics and politics of making artificial life and intelligence in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Political Science

Othering

Othering

79 Rights language is intrinsically transcendental, in the sense that it calls human beings to relate to each other ... This idea has been developed by Lefebvre in Human Rights as a Way of Life and Human Rights and the Care of the Self.

Author: Charles K. Bellinger

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725254091

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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Othering is a word used in academic circles, but it may be unfamiliar to many laypersons. This work introduces the word, which is a refined way of describing prejudice, discrimination, and scapegoating. The book addresses what othering is, how it has been practiced in varied contexts, and how it prepares the way for violence. Dimensional anthropology is introduced, which is the idea that there are three main dimensions of reality as it is inhabited by human beings: the vertical axis (the Great Chain of Being), the horizontal plane (society), and individual selfhood. Othering can be present within all three of these dimensions, with slavery being an example of vertical axis othering, ethnic violence being an example of horizontal othering, and lone wolf or psychotic shooters being an example of individual othering. The most thought-provoking aspect of the book for many readers will be its application to the culture wars in our current individualistic age. Rights language is also addressed at length, since it can function as anti-othering rhetoric or as rhetoric that supports othering. The largest framework for the book is its argument that othering is a way of illuminating what the theological tradition has understood as original sin.
Categories: Religion

On Vernacular Rights Cultures

On Vernacular Rights Cultures

The Politics of Origins, Human Rights, and Gendered Struggles for Justice Sumi Madhok ... for instance, writes that human rights discourses set in motion an 'ethics of the care of the self ' (Lefebvre 2018: 9), or operations on the self ...

Author: Sumi Madhok

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108832625

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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Tracks the critical conceptual vocabularies and the gendered subaltern politics of rights and human rights in South Asia.
Categories: Political Science

Christianity and International Law

Christianity and International Law

worship for the simple reason of avoiding a human rights framework that harmonized with Soviet laws and policies. ... Alexandre Lefebvre, Human Rights and the Care of the Self (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018), 143–52.

Author: Pamela Slotte

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108474559

Category: Law

Page: 400

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This volume offers a many-sided introduction to the theme of Christianity and international law. Using a historical and contemporary perspective, it will appeal to readers interested in key topics of international law and how they intersect with Christianity.
Categories: Law