1. The Claims Of Human Rights: An Introduction–Ian Balfour and Eduardo Cadava
2. Who Is The Subject Of The Rights Of Man?– Jacques Rancière
3. Is A Philosophy Of Human Civic Rights Possible? New Reflections On Equaliberty–Étienne Balibar
4. The Last Of The Rogue States: The ‘‘Democracy To Come,’’ Opening In Two Turns–Jacques Derrida
5. The Right To Have Rights (Four-And-A-Half Remarks)–Werner Hamacher
6. The Anti-Human: Man And Citizen Before The Declaration Of The Rights Of Man And Of The Citizen–Susan Maslan
7. Dead Right: Hegel And The Terror–Rebecca Comay
8. From Philanthropy To Humanitarianism: Remarks And An Interview–Rony Brauman
9. Reflections On Culture And Cultural Rights–Bruce Robbins and Elsa Stamatopoulou
10. Mobilizing Shame–Thomas Keenan
11. ‘‘The Most We Can Hope For . . .’’: Human Rights And The Politics Of Fatalism–Wendy Brown
12. Melville’s Benito Cereno And The Politics Of Humanitarian Intervention–Paul Downes
13. The Testamentary Whimper–Avital Ronell
14. From Politics To Biopolitics . . . And Back–Slavoj Zizek
15. Righting Wrongs–Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
16. Internet Resources
17. Notes On Contributors
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Questions of human rights are among the most pressing and intractable matters at this historical moment. If claims to human rights are by definition universal, the formulation, legislation, and implementation of them tend to be significantly less than universal. And Justice for All? a special issue of SAQ, examines the idea and the reality of human rights and their attendant discourses. The essays gathered here—from academics and activists working in law, philosophy, political theory, literature, medicine, and ngos—collectively interrogate these universal claims to human rights and the political justice that may or may not follow from them.
Grappling with the philosophical and theoretical questions at the heart of human rights, these essays take into consideration current political configurations such as sovereignty, genocide, humanitarian intervention, and the neglected domain of cultural rights (the right to a cultural identity). Drawing on Enlightenment thinking about human rights at the same time that they analyze the central concepts at work there—including the “humanity of man” and the nature of rights or of law—the contributors make a necessary intervention in a world system that Enlightenment thinkers could scarcely have envisioned.
Contributors. Etienne Balibar, Rony Brauman, Wendy Brown, Rebecca Comay, Jacques Derrida, Paul Downes, Werner Hamacher, Thomas Keenan, Susan Maslan, Jacques Rancière, Bruce Robbins, Avital Ronell, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Elsa Stamatopoulou, Slavoj Zizek
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