The Social Construction of Human Rights

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Podcast interview with Badlands Philosophy. Available at

Period9 Mar 2019

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  • TitleBadlands Philosophy Episode 25
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBadlands Philosophy Podcast
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size70 mins
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
    DescriptionPhilosopher Suzy Killmister (Monash University) joins The Badlands to discuss the philosophical foundations of human rights. She argues that we have human rights not because of some inherent feature of human beings, but because of a special social status we now have as members of the human kind. She defends the idea that human rights are deeply morally important, even though they are, ultimately, social constructs.
    Producer/AuthorToby Napoletano
    PersonsSuzy Killmister