Allen E Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor edit|
Office Location: 201-E West Duke Building
Office Phone: +1 919-660-2426
Fax: +1 919-660-3060
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
B.A., Magna cum laude, Columbia Uiversity, 1970
Philosophy of International Law
Social Moral Epistemology
- Research Interests:
- I’m teaching my usual two course load this Fall. One is a basic course on human rights, focusing on controversies about the nature of human rights, the justifications for claims about the existence of human rights, the reasons for and against having an international legal human rights system, and the legitimacy (or otherwise) of efforts to promote compliance with human rights norms. The other course is titled Science, Ethics, and Democracy. It will be a critical examination of relationships between science and democracy, on the assumption that public policy formation in a democracy should be informed by scientific knowledge but also will invitably require taking a stand on ethical issues.
I continue to do research mainly in three areas: Bioethics (at present mainly on the ethics of enhancement and of synthetic biology), Philosophy of International Law, and social moral epistemology. My most recent papers are as follows: (1)“Philosophical Theories of Human Rights,” forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, David Estlund, ed.; (2) "Why International Legal Human Rights?", forthcoming in FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, edited by Matthew Liao and Massimo Renzo; (3) "Human Rights and Moral Progress," forthcoming in HUMAN RIGHTS: THE HARD QUESTIONS, edited by Cindy Holder and David Reidy, and (4) "Social Moral Epistemology and Education," forthcoming in a volume on the Philosophy of Education resulting from a Spencer Foundation conference, edited by Harry Brighouse.
1) is a critical survey of current work by philosophers on human rights and argues that they have a seriously inadequate conception of what a philosophical theory of human rights should do. (2) addresses an embarrassingly neglected question: Even if there are moral human rights, why should we have a system of international legal human rights? (3) develops a theory of moral progress and shows how the modern conception of human rights incorporates progress in thinking about justice. These three papers on human rights plus the paper on social moral epistemology and education are available, if you email me requesting them. My book on enhancement, BEYOND HUMANITY was published by OUP in January. My popular ("trade") book on enhancement, BETTER THAN HUMAN, will be published by OUP, in Walter Sinnot-Armstrong's Philosophy in Action Series (OUP) in August.
Teaching (Fall 2013):
- Areas of Interest:
- Political Philosophy,
Philosophy of International Law,
Social Moral Epistemology
- POLSCI 272.10, Human rights-theory/prac
- White 107, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
- PHIL 590S.01, Special fields seminar (top)
- West Duke 204, MW 06:15 PM-07:30 PM
- Recent Publications
- with Justice and Health Care. Justice and Health Care. January, 2011.
- A. Buchanan. "Democracy and the Commitment to International Law." University of Georgia Journal of Comparative and International Law Spring 2006 (Spring, 2006). (Invited contribution to special issue on "The Limits of International Law" by Eric Posner and Jack Goldsmith)
- A. Buchanan. "Institutionalizing the Just War." Philosophy & Public Affairs (January, 2006).
- A. Buchanan. "Uncoupling Secession From Nationalism and Itnrastate Autonoly From Secession." Negotiating Self-Determination.
Ed. Hurst Hannum Routledge, 2006
- A. Buchanan. "The Compatibility of Constitutional Democracy and the Supremacy of International Law." The Cambridge Handbook on International Law.
Ed. John Armstrong Cambridge University Press, forthcoming
- Curriculum Vitae