By Seyla Benhabib
In those very important lectures, unique political thinker Seyla Benhabib argues that because the UN statement of Human Rights in 1948, we now have entered a section of worldwide civil society that's ruled via cosmopolitan norms of common justice--norms that are tricky for a few to simply accept as valid when you consider that they're occasionally in clash with democratic beliefs. In her first lecture, Benhabib argues that this rigidity can by no means be totally resolved, however it might be mitigated during the renegotiation of the twin commitments to human rights and sovereign self-determination. Her moment lecture develops this concept intimately, with precise connection with contemporary advancements in Europe (for instance, the banning of Muslim head scarves in France). the ecu has noticeable the alternative of the conventional unitary version of citizenship with a brand new version that disaggregates the parts of conventional citizenship, making it attainable to be a citizen of a number of entities even as. the quantity additionally encompasses a important creation by means of Robert put up, the amount editor, and contributions through Bonnie Honig (Northwestern University), Will Kymlicka (Queens University), and Jeremy Waldron (Columbia tuition of Law).
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Let me explore this by elaborating the paradox of democratic legitimacy. 32 • Seyla Benhabib The Paradox of Democratic Legitimacy Ideally, democratic rule means that all members of a sovereign body are to be respected as bearers of human rights, and that the consociates of this sovereign freely associate with one another to establish a regime of self-governance under which each is to be considered both author of the laws and subject to them. This ideal of the original contract, as formulated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and adopted by Kant, is a heuristically useful device for capturing the logic of modern democracies.
Liberal and democratic theorists disagree with one another as to the proper balance of this mix: although strong liberals want to bind the sovereign will through precommitments to a list of human rights, strong democrats reject such a prepolitical understanding of rights and argue that they must be open to renegotiation and reinterpretation by the sovereign people—admittedly within certain limits. Yet this paradox of democratic legitimacy has a corollary that has been little noted: every act of self-legislation is also an act of selfconstitution.
The human condition is not the same as human nature . . ,” The Human Condition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958), p. 10. 14. See, for example, the objections of the American representative to the category of ‘laws of humanity’ during international negotiations after World War I: “As pointed out by the American Representatives on more than one occasion, war was and is by its very nature inhuman, but acts consistent with the laws and customs of war, although these acts are inhuman, are nevertheless not the object of punishment of this court.