“Freiheit, Gleichheit, Eigentum und Bentham”, the Deficit in Social Rights and the Duties of the Academic Community.
University departments try to offer students “general knowledge” courses to broaden their general education and culture. One such programme at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki focuses on human rights. This is a subject that in any case falls within the compass of a university course of study. More than that, human rights is a subject that is both timely and sensitive and ought to be taught not only to students but to the ordinary citizen as well. This article contains a critical commentary on the terms that compose the concept of “human” “rights”. Today’s fundamental human rights are the social rights that correspond to acceptance of the demands of the citizen body. Equally fundamental is the right that results from the distributive action of the state in economics, society and culture in order to eliminate inequalities. The bourgeois revolution that sanctified equality also generated competition, and competition fostered the creation of inequalities. Historically, humanity has entrapped itself in a vicious circle of defence of human values that perpetuates the deficit in social values. My proposal is to create university programmes that teach and awaken consciousness of social rights.
Alexandros Dagkas (Greece)
Faculty of Education
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dr Alexandros Dagkas studied and lectured history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. He lectured also at the Université Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia. His areas of research are the social movement, the working class movement, the national question. His work has been awarded by the Academy of Athens.
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