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Contemporary Political Theory

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 207–240 | Cite as

The politics of the human

Anne Phillips,The Politics of the Human. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Laura Brace
  • Moya Lloyd
  • Andrew Reid
  • Kelly Staples
  • Véronique Pin-Fat
  • Anne Phillips
Critical Exchange

This Critical Exchange was written as part of an on-going discussion of the significance of ‘the human’ in contemporary political and ethical theorising. The idea for it stems from a panel (‘The human and its others’) organised for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in 2015 where we explored the complexity of the human as a category through thinking about the contexts in which it is invoked, such as war, violence, slavery and political struggle. This revealed the fraught connections between freedom and protection, the complex violence of liberation and the risks and dangers associated with becoming other than human. Anne Phillips’ book The Politics of the Human, based on her Seeley lectures, came out at about the same time and confirmed our judgment that ‘the human’ is an intensely political matter, and one that forces us to think again about embodiment, difference and each other.

In putting together this Critical Exchange, we have engaged closely with the themes...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Brace
    • 1
  • Moya Lloyd
    • 2
  • Andrew Reid
    • 1
  • Kelly Staples
    • 1
  • Véronique Pin-Fat
    • 3
  • Anne Phillips
    • 4
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  3. 3.University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  4. 4.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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