Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergson's Political Philosophy

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Index
altruism, 68–69
Annan, Kof, 76
annihilation, of human species, 84–86, 89, 92, 128, 148n18, 156n4; love and, 108
Anti-Oedipus (Deleuze and Guttari), 110–11
antirationalism, 57–58
ants, 63–66, 69
Arendt, Hannah, 75, 126, 164n36
art of living, 110
attachment, 4; cosmopolitan and nationalist states of consciousness and, 38–40; to life, 128; moral obligation as exclusive group, 25, 27, 31, 37–41, 47–48, 50–54
Aurelius, Marcus, 79
Badiou, Alain, 134–36
“badly analyzed composite,” 120–23
Beethoven, Ludwig, 113–14
belligerence, 11–13; belligerent nature of humans, 26
Bergson, Henri. See critical method and critique; picture of morality, Durkheim and; Two Sources
biology. See evolution
Burke, Edmund, 7
Chevalier, Jacques, 102
Christianity, 118, 161n6; human rights and, 115–16
closed morality and moral obligation, 25– 26, 41–42, 86; biology as basis of, 44, 86; as composite of open and closed, 117– 18, 120–24; functionalist explanation, 107–8; historical cases of overcoming, 87; inability of reason to oppose, 50–51, 68–70; need for human rights to guard against, 14, 41, 70, 136–40; overturning of as key to human survival, 89, 133; as permanent in human nature, 28–30, 149n28; practical reason as overcoming, 55–56, 68–69. See also human rights, as composite of closed and open
closed society, 22–26, 57, 87, 147n16; authority, hierarchy, and immobility and, 90; Bergson’s critique of Durkheim and, 41–48, 50; human rights and, 32, 83–84, 90; indifference and, 94–95; love and, 69–70, 83, 100; overturning and repression of to survive war, 89
closed soul, 97–99
closed tendency of human rights, 124–33
Coetzee, J. M., 97, 100
composite, badly analyzed, 120–23; division and reassembly, 119–20
consciousness. See cosmopolitan states of consciousness; national states of consciousness
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 76
conversion, 74–75, 123–24; epistroph and metanoia and (return and rupture), 74–76; of the individual, 76–81; open society and, 83; in preambles of human rights documents, 77–81; repetition, practice, and discipline and, 78–81. See also human rights and conversion; personal transformation and self-care; spiritual exercises
cosmopolitan patriotism, 40–41
cosmopolitan states of consciousness, 38–40, 47
Costello, Elizabeth, 97–100
Creative Evolution (Bergson), 105; Kantian critique of intelligence and, 17–22
Creative Mind (Bergson), 29, 87–88, 120
creativity, love and mysticism and, 102–4, 107, 109

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Abbreviations xxi
  • Part I - Human Rights and the Picture of Morality 1
  • Introduction - The Picture of Morality 3
  • 1 - A Dialogue on War 6
  • 2 - Bergson’s Critical Philosophy 15
  • 3 - The Closed Society- Bergson on Durkheim 32
  • 4 - Human Rights and the Critique of Practical Reason 49
  • Part II - An Introduction to the Open Life 71
  • 5 - Human Rights as Conversion 73
  • 6 - The Open Society 83
  • 7 - The Two Faces of Human Rights 110
  • Reference Matter 143
  • Notes 145
  • Bibliography 167
  • Index 177
  • Cultural Memory in the Present 182
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