Intellectual History and Modernity 'The Universal Declaration of Human rights in the History of Cosmopolitanism' Professor Samuel Moyn (Columbia)
The Universal Declaration of Human rights in the History of Cosmopolitanism
Professor Samuel Moyn (Columbia)
Thursday August 2, 4.00 – 5.30pm
Library Conference Room
Level 1, Duhig Building
This talk revisits the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with an eye to judging its place in the history of cosmopolitanism. Typically, it is read as the fulfilment of cosmopolitan striving. I argue that since various cosmopolitanisms have competed through recorded history, the UDHR should be regard as expressing one universalist vision among others. The puzzle from the present day is that it was so peripheral to its contemporaries. The talk investigates why.