Comment Replies: Human Rights, Racism, Politics, Islamophobia, Feminism | Summary and Q&A

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February 12, 2016
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Comment Replies: Human Rights, Racism, Politics, Islamophobia, Feminism

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This video discusses various comments on human rights and the philosophy of race, exploring questions about animal rights, waivable rights, and the intersection of race with power.

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Key Insights

  • 🗯️ The inclusion of animal rights in the human rights model depends on the requirement of claimability and communication.
  • 🗯️ Waivable rights can be brought under the human rights model, allowing individuals to modify or nullify their first order rights.
  • 🗯️ The responsibility for providing substance to rights, such as the right to employment, raises questions about who should fulfill that duty.
  • 🗯️ Some philosophers argue that certain rights, like welfare rights, cannot be incorporated into the human rights model.
  • ✌️ Power, according to Sheth's model, aims to preserve itself rather than prioritize peace, justice, or freedom.
  • 🤍 The conversation about people of color experiencing systemic racism should not be redirected to discuss white experiences.
  • 🤍 Racism towards white people is theoretically possible in certain imaginary worlds or historical circumstances.

Transcript

greetings philosophers I am up in Bonnie Scotland this week but I promised I would do it so let's go back and look at some comments from the last few episodes a few episodes ago we talked about human rights and what they are and in particular we examined Wesley Howe Feld's model for explaining human rights which is called the FLD and analysis and y... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Can animal rights be included in the human rights model?

Whether animal rights can be included in the human rights model depends on the requirement of claimability and communication for having rights. While animals cannot communicate like humans, there are humans who cannot communicate but still have rights.

Q: Can waivable rights be brought under the human rights model?

Yes, waivable rights can be incorporated into the human rights model. Individuals have a first order right to something, but they also have a second order right to modify or nullify that first order right under certain circumstances.

Q: How can a right to employment be included in the human rights model?

The inclusion of a right to employment in the human rights model raises questions about who is responsible for providing employment. It can involve the government, private employers, or the creation of job opportunities. Some philosophers argue that certain rights, like welfare rights, cannot be brought under the human rights model.

Q: Why does power in Sheth's model aim to preserve itself rather than ensure peace or justice?

Sheth believes power makes exceptions for certain individuals it dislikes and later presents these exceptions as accidents. She argues that power has historically acted to preserve itself rather than prioritize peace, justice, or freedom.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The video discusses comments on whether animal rights can be brought under a human rights model. It questions whether the ability to communicate is necessary for having rights.

  • The concept of waivable rights is explored, suggesting that individuals can modify their first order rights in certain circumstances.

  • The video delves into the question of who is responsible for providing substance to certain rights, using the example of a right to employment.

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