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Third workshop of NWO research project 'Human Dignity as the Foundation of Human Rights?'


The Utrecht University Ethics Institute will be hosting a workshop titled 'Between Necessity and Contingency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Normativity of Human Rights'. This is the third workshop organised as part of the NWO project 'Human Dignity as the foundation of human rights?

Between necessity and contingency

The aim of this third workshop is to confront contemporary philosophical attempts of justifying the normative authority of the human rights with approaches from the social sciences and history. The particular focus of the event will be the possible tensions between necessary and contingent dimensions of the idea of human rights. Researchers from all disciplines are invited to attend the workshop, and to participate in the discussion.

Interdisciplinary perspectives on human rights

In recent decades, the idea of human rights has gained great prominence across the fields of philosophy, sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, and law. Scholars from these disciplines all approach human rights differently, working with the distinctive perspectives and methodologies of their fields. While the second workshop focussed on a discussion between philosophers and legal scholars, the goal of this workshop is to arrive at a more multi-faceted and nuanced understanding of how philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives on human rights relate to one another.

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Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht
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free entry

There is no 'conference fee' for this event. You are welcome to join the conference-dinner on monday night, in which case you will be asked to pay a contribution of € 50,- Travel- or hotel expenses cannot be reimbursed. Participation is open to anyone but the number of available places is limited, it is therefore neccessary to register for this event by sending an e-mail to before 15 October.

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