Department of Philosophy
Discussion will include the role
of human rights ought to play in the foreign policy of any country as
as an examination of the role such considerations actually have
played most recently in Kosovo,
China & Tibet,
Chechnya, as well as
Cambodia, Northern Ireland,
Burma, Indonesia, East Timor, Somalia, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Guatamala , El Salvador, Nicaragua, and South Africa.
Discussion will also include: territorial integrity and the
of humanitarian intervention, state sovereignty and human rights
the role of international peacekeeping forces, the
significance and effectiveness of the United Nations Declaration of
Human Rights, the responsibilities
of individuals and states to alleviate world hunger and famine, the moral and political issues
surrounding the plight of the morality of torture, and
refugees and homeless persons.
|Introduction and Organization|
|January 19TH||What is a Human Right?
Minogue, "The History of the Idea of Human Rights" (ELRS)
Cranston, "What are Human Rights?" (ELRS)
Locke, Second Treatise on Government (CHAPTER II ONLINE), (ELRS)
Richard Wasserstrom, Rights, Human Rights, and Racial Discrimination (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Joel Feinberg, Wasserstrom on Human Rights (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Louis Pojman, Are Human Rights Based on Equal Human Worth? (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Mordecai Roshwald, The Concept of Human Rights (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Richard Gale, Natural Law and Human Rights (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Richard Lillich, The Constitution and International Human Rights (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
|The Moral Reality of War
Walzer, JUST AND UNJUST WARS, pp. 3-47
Walzer, "Naked Soldiers," JUST AND UNJUST WARS, pp. 138- 144;
Walzer, "The Theory of Aggression" JUST AND UNJUST WARS,
|January 26th||Non-Combatant Immunity (1)
Walzer, JUST AND UNJUST WARS, pp.127-137; 144-174
Nagel, "War and Massacre" ONLINE (ELRS)
Richard Brandt, "Utilitarianism and the Rules of War" ONLINE (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA!)
Mavrodes, "Conventions and the Morality of War,"
INTERNATIONAL ETHICS, pp. 75-89 and ONLINE
Richard Wasserstrom, "Three Arguments Concerning the Morality of War" ONLINE (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA!)
|Non-Combatant Immunity (2)
"War and Innocence," INTERNATIONAL ETHICS, pp. 90-7
Alexander, "Self-Defense and the Killing of Non-Combatants,"
Walzer, "Guerrilla War and Terrorism," JUST AND UNJUST WARS,
Walzer, "War and Peace in the Jewish Tradition" (ELRS)
|February 2nd||Churchill╠s Decision to Bomb the German Cities and
Truman╠s Decision to Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Walzer, JUST AND UNJUST WARS, pp. 251-62; pp. 263-68.
Walzer, "World War II: Why Was This War Different?" ONLINE (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA!)
|War Crimes: Nuremberg and
Wasserstom, "The Relevance of Nuremberg" ONLINE (ELRS);
Sanford Levinson, "Responsibility for Crimes of War" ONLINE (ELRS)
Walzer, JUST AND UNJUST WARS, pp. 287-327;
David Malament, "Selective Conscientious Objection & the Gillette Decision" ONLINE (ELRS)
|February 9th||TheDevelopment of
in International Law
J. Roland Pennock, "Rights, Natural Rights, and Human Rights █ A General View" (ELRS)
Moynihan, "The Poltics of Human Rights" (ELRS)
David Forsythe, Human Rights in U. S. Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Driscoll, "The Development of Human Rights in Intl. Law," (ELRS)
Douglas Husak "Why There Are No Human Rights" (ELRS)
Louis Henkin, "International Human Rights as 'Rights'" (ELRS)
Louis Henkin, The United Nations and Human Rights (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
James Nickel, Are Human Rights Utopian? (ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
Louis Henkin, U. S. Ratification of Human Rights Conventions(ONLINE) (A HUMAN RIGHTS EXTRA)
U. N. Declaration and other International Agreements (WEBSITE)
Paper topics for the first paper will be handed out on Friday,
|Human Rights Discussion
Parts One and Two of the film BREAKER MORANT or the film JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG will be shown during the week of the 13th of February. The bulk of class time will be devoted to discussing the issues raised during the first four weeks of the course as well as a discussion of strategies for answering the Paper Topics handed out on Friday the 9th.
|WEEK 6||Midterm Recess
February 19 - February 23
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Primary texts will be available at the University Book Store:
Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars, Basic BooksThere will also be a specially prepared collection of readings available on the WEB Electronic Reserve (ELRS) accessible by Password. To reach Electronic Reserve, you may click here:
Charles Beitz et al. (eds.), International Ethics, Princeton University Press
Henry Shue, Basic Rights, Princeton University Press
Michael Ignatieff, The Warriors Honor: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience, Owl Books
Martha Minow, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness, Beacon Press
Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness, Doubleday
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The following articles are available on the WEB through
Reserve (ELRS) accessible by Password. To reach Electronic
Reserve, you may click here:
|(1) "War and Massacre" ONLINE
||(29) "Human Rights: A Western Cultural Bias?"
|(2) " "Utilitarianism and the Rules of War" ONLINE
|| (30) "Towards Democracy"
|(3) "War and Peace in the Jewish Tradition"
||(31) "Gorbachev Interview by the Washington Post &
|(4) "The Relevance of Nuremberg" ONLINE
||(32) "Speech to the U. N. General Assembly"
|(5) "Responsibility for Crimes of War" ONLINE
||(33) "Report on Iran"
|(6) "Selective Conscientious Objection & the Gillette Decision" ONLINE
||(34) "Iraqi Chemical weapons Use in Kurdistan"
|(7) "The History of the Idea of Human Rights"
||(35) "Speech on Salmon Rushdie Affair" (1989)
|(8) "What are Human Rights?"
||(36) "On Salmon Rushdie and Civil Liberties"
|(9) "The Politics of Human Rights"
||(37) "The United States and Yugoslavia╠s Wars"
|(10) "The Development of Human Rights in Intl. Law,"
||(38) "Collective Spinelessness: U. N. Actions
the Former Yugoslavia"
|(11) Excerpt from "Second Treatise on Government" (ONLINE),
||(39) "How Much Force in Humanitarian Intervention?"
|(12) "Rights, Natural Rights, and Human Rights █ A
||(40) "Humanitarian Intervention in the Former
|(13) "Why There Are No Human Rights"
||(41) "A Treatise on International Law (1912)"
|(14) "International Human Rights as ╬Rights╠"
||(42) "Revision of Oppenheim (1955)"
|(15) "Human Rights and Foreign Aid: Forging an
||(43) "A Treatise on International Law (1895)"
|(16) "Human Rights and Foreign Assistance Programs"
||(44) "Intervention in International Law (1921)"
|(17) "Human Rights and Social Justice"
||(45) "Domestic Jurisdiction, Intervention & Human
|(18) "Human Rights as a Neutral Concern"
||(46) "The Ethics of Intervention"
|(19) "Constraints, Goals, and Moralism in Foreign Policy"
||(47) "Human Rights and Intervention"
|(20) "Can A Human Rights Policy Be Consistent?"
||(48) "Nationalism, Nation-State, and the United
|(21) "Law Day Speech on Human Rights"
||(49) "The Narcissism of Minor Difference"
|(22) "Commencement Address at Notre Dame"
||(50) "The Seductiveness of Moral Disgust"
|(23) "Establishing a Viable Human Rights Policy"
||(51) "Twelve Point Program for the Preventiuon of
|(24) "╬Human Rights╠: The Hidden Agenda"
||(52) "The Case for Torture"
|(25) "Human Rights in the Reagan Years: A Reply to Irving
by Richard Schifter
|(53) "Torture in the Eighties" (Excerpt)
|(26) "Reform And Human Rights: The Gorbachev
||(54) "On Not Feeding the Starving"
|(27) "The Reagan Adminstration╠s Human Rights Record"
||(55) "Reconsidering the Famine Relief Argument"
|(28) "Human Rights and U. S. Foreign Policy: A
||(56) "Poverty and Food: Why Charity is Not Enough"
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1999 Paper Topic II is Online
1999 Paper Topic III is Online
Notes and Study Guide for 1999 Paper Topic III
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March 1, 1999
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