Natural Human Rights – Københavns Universitet

Natural Human Rights

Open lecture with professor of philosophy Michael Boylan, Marymount University, USA

Human rights can be seen as a success story – they are widely recognized around the globe and constitute a cornerstone of modern societies. More and more states have come to agreements on human rights and strive more fully to implement them. At the same time, human rights are increasingly marked by crisis talk – they are challenged both practically and theoretically. There are voices speaking about the imminent decay of the global human rights regime, about the ‘endtimes’ of human rights.

In his agency-based approach, Michael Boylan argues for the existence of natural, universal human rights. He asserts that there is continuity between human rights and natural law and that human beings require basic, essential goods for minimum action. The achievement of this goal will require significant resource allocation and creative methods of implementation involving public and private institutions.

Michael Boylan

Michael Boylan is Professor of Philosophy at Marymount University, USA. He is author and editor of numerous books on ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and philosophy and literature. His recent publications include Natural Human Rights: A Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2014), The Origins of Ancient Greek Science (Routledge 2015) and Teaching Ethics with Three Philosophical Novels (Springer 2017). Being also a writer, his recent novels are: To the Promised Land (2015), Naked Reverse (2016), and Georgia: A Trilogy (2016, 2017, 2017).   

This is an open event and all are welcome!