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CGEP: Carol Gould

February 21, 2013 @ 4:30 am - 6:30 pm

We cordially invite you to join us on Thursday, February 21 for a presentation of work in progress by Distinguished Professor and CGEP Director Carol C. Gould (The Graduate Center, Philosophy and Political Science; Hunter College, Philosophy). Prof. Gould will be workshopping a chapter – “Violence, Power-with, and the Human Right to Democracy” – of her forthcoming book, Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Hosted by the Social and Political Theory Student Association and the Social and Political Philosophy Workshop, the event will be held at 4:30pm on Thursday, February 21, in room 5414 of The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016). The abstract is included below.


Violence, Power-with, and the Human Right to Democracy
Carol C. Gould

This paper attempts to clarify some of the interrelationships between human rights (and especially the emerging right to democracy), on the one hand, and the political and social changes that could contribute to mitigating violence, especially of a transnational sort, on the other.  Increasingly globalized forms of violence include not only cross-border terrorist attacks but also large-scale security coordination and militarization across borders, private security firms, and transnational criminal and sex trade networks.  The paper approaches this problem by investigating the conceptual connections between the concepts of violence, power, and human rights.  Building on the work of Hannah Arendt, Iris Young, Amy Allen, and Laura Sjoberg, it begins by developing the contrast introduced by Arendt between violence and power, and goes on to elaborate this opposition more specifically as one between violence and what has been calledpower-with.  The paper argues that power-with can be understood not only as a more cooperative and empathic mode of social and political power but also in its connection to an enriched conception of democracy, and that like democracy, power-with requires attending to the requirements of access to the basic economic and social conditions of life and wellbeing.  These conceptual and practical connections suggest the ways in which human rights can provide conditions for lessening the gravity and scope of contemporary forms of violence.  It is argued that beyond appealing to standard human rights norms of life and security of the person, the diminution of violence in the contemporary world requires the fulfillment of a broader range of human rights, including those to means of subsistence and to political participation in new, and increasingly transnational, democratic forms.


February 21, 2013
4:30 am - 6:30 pm
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5414 of The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016)

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