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Global Protection of Life and Liberty: A Global Political Theory

Hadji Haidar, HH; (2011) Global Protection of Life and Liberty: A Global Political Theory. In: Transforming Politics: New Synergies: Proceedings of the Political Studies Association 61st Annual Conference: 18 – 21 April 2011, Novotel London West, London, UK. Political Studies Association: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Theorising about international normative political theory is the current task of contemporary political theory. Two living themes in this regard are theories of 'global distributive justice' and 'universal human rights'. As an alternative to these two themes, I would propose what I call 'Global Humanness Protection', which includes the following two principles: (1) The life of every human being ought to be protected; (2) the liberty of every human being ought to be provided and protected. Global Humanness Protection has the following features. Firstly, it is a ‘foundational’ theory constructed upon an account of the human essence, his abilities and vulnerabilities, and his place in the natural world. Secondly, this theory is ‘human’, in the sense that it is grounded in ‘the human essence’ independently of any social affiliations and commitments. Thirdly, Global Humanness Protection is a ‘fundamental’ theory, which takes precedence over all other moral and political values that are grounded in particular affiliations and commitments within particular societies. Fourthly, the principles of Global Humanness Protection are ‘universal’, in the sense that they apply to every human being, irrespective of his time, place, race, sex, religion, and so on. It should be noted, however, that although the concept of 'rights' is theoretically justifiable, and practically necessary, I shall disengage from it here. For, I assume that the concept of rights is a 'secondary' and an 'executive' concept, rather than being an 'original' and a 'legislative' concept in morality.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Global Protection of Life and Liberty: A Global Political Theory
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.psa.ac.uk/Proceedings/2011
Language:English
Additional information:Copyright PSA 2011
Keywords:Cosmopolitanism, the right to life, the right to liberty
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Political Science

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