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Social Human Rights Conference

12-14 June 2019, University of Warwick


1. Elizabeth Ashford, University of St Andrews
2. Elizabeth Brake, Arizona State University
3. Jennifer Brown, UCL
4. Kimberley Brownlee, University of Warwick
5. Clare Chambers, University of Cambridge
6. Bouke de Vries, Umeå University
7. Stephanie Collins, Australian Catholic University
8. Chiara Cordelli, University of Chicago
9. Alexandra Couto, University of Kent
10. Rowan Cruft, University of Stirling
11. Anca Gheaus, Pompeu Fabra University
12. Simon Hope, University of Stirling
13. David Jenkins, University of Warwick
14. Matthew Liao, New York University
15. James Nickel, University of Miami
16. Henry Shue, University of Oxford
17. Zofia Stemplowska, University of Oxford
18. Adam Swift, UCL
19. Jesse Tomalty, University of Bergen

Conference Description

In debates about human rights, philosophers have tended to neglect social rights (i.e. the rights that protect our interpersonal, associative, and community-membership needs irrespective of our economic or political circumstances). Philosophers have focused instead on a familiar list of ‘first generation’ civil and political rights as well as a subset of the so-called ‘second generation’ socio-economic rights, namely the economic-welfare rights to shelter, basic subsistence, health, and education.

This conference aims to bring together leading philosophers of human rights and rising stars to present frontier work on themes related to social rights, including the conceptual terrain, the place of social rights within the standard dichotomy between so-called ‘liberty rights’ and ‘welfare rights’, the defensibility of social rights as human rights, their relevance to distributive justice issues such as equality of opportunity, and their bearing on other branches of political philosophy such as democratic theory. The conference aims both to expand human rights theory and to set an agenda for further research.

Registration details will follow in due course. The conference is open to the public, but registration is required.

For their support of this event, we thank the AHRC, Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society, Mind Association, Society for Applied Philosophy, Warwick Public Engagement Fund, and Warwick Philosophy Department.

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