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The Utopian Human Right to Science and Culture: Toward the Philosophy of Excendence in the Postmodern Society

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ISBN13: 9781472418326
Published: April 2014
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00

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This book explores the question of whether the ideal right to science and culture exists. It proposes that the human right to science and culture is of a utopian character and argues for the necessity of the existence of such a right by developing a philosophical project situated in postmodernity, based on the assumption of 'thinking in terms of excendence'.

The book brings a novel and critical approach to human rights in general and to the human right to science and culture in particular. It offers a new way of thinking about access to knowledge in the postanalogue, postmodern society. Inspired by 20th century critical theorists such as Levinas, Gadamer, Bauman and Habermas, the book begins by using excendence as a way of thinking about the individual, speech and text. It considers paradigms arising from postanalogue society, revealing the neglected normative content of the human right to science and culture and proposes a morality, dignity and solidarity situated in a postmodern context. Finally the book concludes by responding to questions on happiness, dignity and that which is social. Including an Annex which presents the author's private project related to thinking in the context of the journey from 'myth to reason', this book is of interest to researchers in the fields of philosophy and the theory of law, human rights, intellectual property and social theory.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Part I The Myth: Excendence stance on thinking: the individual
Thinking from the perspective of excendence: speech
Excendence stance on thinking: text.

Part II The Reason: Thinking in paradigms: post-analogue society in the era of postmodernity
Thinking from within the metaphor: the right to science and culture.

Part III The Myth and the Reason: An introduction to a far-sighted morality in the thought of Bauman
An introduction to dignity, solidarity and verbum interius in postmodernity. Epilogue: On happiness, dignity, that which is social and that which is utopian