Ben Davis, Hannah Arendt’s Right to Have Rights in the American Context (Ethics@Noon-ish)

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Hannah Arendt’s Right to Have Rights in the American Context

To interpret the political theorist Hannah Arendt’s phrase ‘the right to have rights’ in the context of the Americas, I look to the Marxist José Carlos Mariátegui, who argued for the priority of land rights for Indigenous nations. Following Mariátegui, I argue that the first ‘right’ in Arendt famous phrase, the right on which other rights are based, should be understood in the American context as a right to land.

Ben Davis 
Centre for Ethics Postdoctoral Fellow
Philosophy
University of Toronto

Wed, Oct 20, 2021
12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin