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Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergson's Political Philosophy (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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The work of Henri Bergson, the foremost French philosopher of the early twentieth century, is not usually explored for its political dimensions. Indeed, Bergson is best known for his writings on time, evolution, and creativity. This book concentrates instead on his political philosophy—and especially on his late masterpiece, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion—from which Alexandre Lefebvre develops an original approach to human rights.

We tend to think of human rights as the urgent international project of protecting all people everywhere from harm. Bergson shows us that human rights can also serve as a medium of personal transformation and self-care. For Bergson, the main purpose of human rights is to initiate all human beings into love. Forging connections between human rights scholarship and philosophy as self-care, Lefebvre uses human rights to channel the whole of Bergson's philosophy.

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As the first book in English dedicated to Bergson's political philosophy, this study develops an original concept of human rights as a medium of self-care and personal transformation.

About the Author

Alexandre Lefebvre is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is author of The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza (Stanford, 2008).

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ISBN:
9780804785792
Author:
Lefebvre, Alexandre
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Alexandre, Lefebvre
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy : General
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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