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Making Rights ClaimsA Practice of Democratic Citizenship$
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Karen Zivi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826414

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826414.001.0001

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Rights Claiming as a Practice of Persuasion

Rights Claiming as a Practice of Persuasion

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(p.43) 3 Rights Claiming as a Practice of Persuasion
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Making Rights Claims
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Karen Zivi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826414.003.0003

This chapter suggests that we need to think of rights claims as claims of persuasion rather than as trumping claims, a shift that involves more fully appreciating them as perlocutionary utterances that have uncertain effects. It draws on the work of Arendt to develop an understanding of persuasion as a performative political practice that recognizes the plurality of individual perspectives and the impossibility of definitive political outcomes. It then explore J.S. Mill’s rights theory and politics to illustrate what a persuasive politics of rights looks like and to reveal its democratic potential. It thus challenges those traditional readings of Mill that interpret him as advancing a liberal individualism at odds with democratic values and practices.

Keywords:   persuasion, Hannah Arendt, J.S. Mill, atomistic individualism, perlocutionary utterances

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