Pragmatic Rights

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In this essay I explore competing senses and tensions of the relation between the etymology of ta pragmata (things) and praxis (doing), with specific attention paid to Heidegger’s theorization of modernity. In so doing I question the relation between rights and persons, and whether there might not be a new way of thinking about rights that does not presuppose or privilege the agency of personhood. Pragmatic rights would not assume the liberal values of self-determination that underpin personhood, and would enable a notion of rights beyond liberal humanism more appropriate for twenty-first century political concerns and problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-171
Number of pages17
JournalLaw and Critique
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 17 2015

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humanism
etymology
self-determination
twenty-first century
privilege
modernity
pragmatics
human being
Values

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Colebrook, Claire. / Pragmatic Rights. In: Law and Critique. 2015 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 155-171.
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