Human Rights as Human Responsibilities

By Bernard den Ouden.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this proposed paper and presentation, I will explore some common threads in the struggle for human freedom and dignity. I will propose a concept or theory of self-formation that both respects and draws on cultural diversity and yet does not preclude communities and groups of nations establishing common purposes and goals. I will explore basic elements of economic development and self formation in modes of work and in communal projects. Issues of identity that are both cultural and personal will be explored. The limitations of contexts, cultures and historicities will be scrutinized as the foundation for human freedom. A balance between particularity or individualism and constructive cooperation will be emphasized. Truth, meaning and the pursuit of the good will be reconstructed in view of the above described problematics.

Keywords: Freedom, Dignity, Self Formation

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.25-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 474.383KB).

Prof. Bernard den Ouden

Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Bernard den Ouden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hartford. He is the author of Language and Creativity, Reason Will Creativity and Time & The Fusion of naturalism and Humanism. He has edited four other volumes. Dr. den Ouden has evaluated development projects in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He has give guest lectures in Croatia, The Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, and Spain. At the University of Hartford he has been honoured with Larson Award for Distinguished Teaching and held the position of the Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Teaching Humanist. He assumed a leadership role in the founding of the University’s Honors Program and the creation of the Humanities Center.


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