A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society
Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.
Chapter 10: The Rights of Age: On Human Vulnerability∗
The Rights of Age: On Human Vulnerability∗
Introduction: Vulnerability and the Body
There has been much discussion in recent decades about the possibility of “life extension,” namely the idea that the application of new medical technologies can dramatically extend life and in addition help people overcome the disabilities typically associated with old age (Callahan 2009). The prospect of a radical, if not revolutionary, change in the human life span raises intriguing questions about the rights of such geriatric survivors and their entitlements in relation to the generations that come after them. The issue of the relationship between human rights and generational rights is, however, strangely absent from much of the utopian literature on technology and aging that is in the ...