The Right to Have Rights in Arendt and Agamben
This chapter offers a biopolitical interpretation of current theories of universal human rights as they articulate Arendt’s insight according to which human rights take the form of a “right to have rights.” The chapter argues that such a cosmopolitan idea of rights cannot be separated in Arendt and others from her republican understanding of rights and freedom, which are ultimately rooted in the biopolitical categories of natality and plurality.
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