Hans Joas on the Origins of Human Rights

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

UVA's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture recently hosted a lecture by Hans Joas, Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. Joas gives his reflections on the sacredness of the person and the origins of human rights. Click here to listen to audio file.

November 17, 2011
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I teach them all the good I can, and recommend them to others from whom I think they will get some moral benefit. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. - Socrates, Memorabilia
What we maintain is that in none of the problems of life can men afford to lose sight of the storehouse bequeathed to them by the ancients. In the complexus of everything which differentiates man from the brute creation, the voice of antiquity must be heard...

-H. Browne, quoted in "Classics and Citizenship" The Classical Quarterly, 1920