The College of Liberal Arts presents the University Forum Lecture: Are All Rights Human Rights? Personhood from Hobbes to the Court Case, Citizens United, a talk by Susan Meld Shell, professor, political science, Boston College.
If we grant the same rights to animals (on the political left) or corporations (on the right) as are recognized in individual humans, are we benignly extending the idea of universal rights to non-humans? Or are we making it more difficult for the concept of “rights” to bear the moral weight that we have come to place on it? This talk will consider changes in the meaning of human rights.