The Paradoxes of Human Rights

Authors

  • Costas Douzinas London University
  • Caius Brandão Universidade Federal de Goiás

Keywords:

Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism, Neoliberalism, Biopolitics, Ideology

Abstract

Considering the paradox between the universalist discourse of human rights and its use for legitimizing biopolitical power, this text proposes an alternative ontology to the notion of humanity, aiming at a new politics of liberation. Based on the axiom that human rights were originally conceived as a means of resistance against public domination and private oppression, seven revisionist theses of the orthodox theory of these rights are presented.

Author Biographies

Costas Douzinas, London University

Professor de Direito e diretor do Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, da London University

Caius Brandão, Universidade Federal de Goiás

Graduado, Mestre e Doutorando em Filosofia pela Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG).

Published

30-06-2021

Issue

Section

Philosophy of Human Rights