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Verso Books
28 April 2020
Philosophy; Social & political philosophy; Politics & government; Law for the lay person
Sixty years ago, the political theorist Hannah Arendt, an exiled Jew deprived of her German citizenship, observed that before people can enjoy any of the inalienable Rights of Man-before there can be any specific rights to education, work, voting, and so on-there must first be such a thing as the right to have rights . The concept received little attention at the time, but in our age of mass deportations, Muslim bans, refugee crises, and extra-state war, the phrase has become the centre of a crucial and lively debate. Here five leading thinkers from varied disciplines-including history, law, politics, and literary studies-discuss the critical basis of rights and the meaning of radical democratic politics today.
By:   Stephanie Degooyer, Alastair Hunt, Lida Maxwell, Samuel Moyn
Foreword by:   Astra Taylor
Imprint:   Verso Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781784787554
ISBN 10:   1784787558
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephanie DeGooyer is Assistant Professor of English at Willamette University and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Harvard University. Werner Hamacher is Emmanuel Levinas Chair of Philosophy at the European Graduate School. His books include Pleroma: Reading in Hegel, and Minima Philologica. Alastair Hunt is Associate Professor of English at Portland State University. Lida Maxwell is Associate Professor of Politics at Boston University. Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History at Yale University. Astra Taylor is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and activist.

Reviews for The Right to Have Rights

Verso has published an elegant little book of essays by four academics who endeavored not only to unpack the phrase but also to find interpretations that can inform and inspire resistance to the current worldwide assault on human rights. - Masha Gessen, The New Yorker

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