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PPR Research Seminar

Date: 27 October 2010 Time: 4.00-6.00 pm

Venue: Bowland North SR10

Kimberley Brownlee (Manchester)

'A Human Right against Social Deprivation'.

Abstract: Current philosophical debates about socio-economic human rights overemphasise economic needs at the expense of social needs. In this paper, I argue that there is at least one social human right that is fundamentally important irrespective of economic conditions, both as a constitutive part of a minimally decent human life and as a necessary condition for the realisation of all other rights. This is the human right against social deprivation. In this context, 'social deprivation' refers not to poverty, but to a persisting inadequacy in minimally supportive interpersonal contact and social inclusion. Such inadequacy is endured in arenas of institutional segregation, for example by prisoners and patients who are held in solitary confinement, and it is endured by persons who suffer less organised forms of isolation or neglect. After articulating the central features of this right, and arguing that it is both basic and secure, I respond to possible objections concerning intrusiveness, burdensomeness, and unfeasibility.

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