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Launch of Fragile Freedoms: The Global Struggle for Human Rights (Oxford University Press).
This book is based upon a lecture series inaugurating the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights that took place in Winnipeg between September 2013 and May 2014. Fragile Freedoms brings together some of the most influential contemporary thinkers on the theory and practice of human rights. Wide ranging in its philosophical perspectives and implications, this volume is designed to serve as an indispensable contribution to the contemporary thinking on the rights that must be safeguarded for all people.
Steven Lecce is Associate Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he is also Associate Dean of Arts. His research is primarily concerned with contemporary theories of social and distributive justice, and the ethical bases of the liberal-democratic state. He is the author of Against Perfectionism: Defending Liberal Neutrality, and numerous articles about political philosophy. Recently, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Social Justice. He is currently completing a sequel to Against Perfectionism entitled Equality’s Domain.
Neil McArthur is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Directory of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, University of Manitoba. He does research on sexual ethics and the philosophy of sexuality, about which he also writes regularly for VICE. He is the author of the book David Hume’s Political Theory. He is the co-director (with Warren Cariou) of two films, Land of Oil and Water and Overburden, and the writer/star of the Fringe play Let Me Freeze Your Head.
Arthur Schafer is Founding Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an Ethics Consultant for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Department of Child Health. For ten years he was Head of the Section of Bio-Medical Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba. He has also served as Visiting Scholar Green College, Oxford. He is author of The Buck Stops Here: Reflections on moral responsibility, democratic accountability and military values, and co-editor of Ethics and Animal Experimentation.