Courses, Thematic Section 2

Thematic Section 2

Human Rights in Context: History, Philosophy, Religion and Anthropology of Human Rights 22...

Human Rights in Context: History, Philosophy, Religion and Anthropology of Human Rights

22 October-2 November 2012 (weeks 6, 7)

TS 2 responsible: Prof. Jean-Paul Lehners (University of Luxembourg)

  • Human Rights in History
  • Religions and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Anthropological perspectives
  • Philosophy of human rights and democratisation

Today, human rights discourse is often dominated by lawyers and other specialists and experts in international law. But human rights can only be understood if we put them in the context in which they are produced, protected and defended. To enhance an inclusive approach to human rights, aspects of social science and humanities ought to be included. Thus, TS 2 is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach and deals with history, philosophy and anthropology; the religious dimension is added in the framework of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. Current examples of human rights challenges from all these perspectives will be dealt with during the two weeks. Among the topics that will be analysed with a problem solving methodology are: human rights in historical context, universalism v. relativism, justice, Western v. non-Western approaches, values, identities, democracy.

Course Details

Course Name Responsible Time
Thematic Section 2 Prof. Jean-Paul Lehners 22 October-2 November 2012 (weeks 6, 7)

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