Human Rights, Global Ethics and the Ordinary Virtues | University of Oxford

Human Rights, Global Ethics and the Ordinary Virtues

Professor Michael Ignatieff
17:00 - 19:00
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JD
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Since 1945, human rights has become the dominant global ethic of international law and state practice around the world. In this lecture reporting on research supported by the Uehiro Foundation and Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Michael Ignatieff asks a new question about human rights: what has been its impact upon the ordinary virtues of daily life? Do human rights figure in the languages that ordinary people use to confront their most urgent moral dilemmas, or do human rights remain an elite discourse of states and politicians, more honoured in the breach than in the observance?