Eusebism and the Unified Theory of Rights


In ancient Greece was coined the term εὐσέβεια to define a sense of respect of exceptional magnitude, as the two terms used implied "ευ" (good) and "σέβομαι" (to respect, revere). We live in what Bobbio described as “the age of rights” and new rights are raising everywhere, as well as the proposals to recognize new subjects of rights (e.g. nonhuman animals), but are there really so many different rights? Is it possible to identify just one common principle, of which all those “rights” are mere specifications? Eusebism is intended to reunite any relationships, and to show how different proposals are simply shifting the discrimination’s paradigm (e.g.: from humans to nonhumans), not even trying to remove it at all, due to a misconception at the basis. The Eusebism’s unifying element is absolute and unconditional respect for everything that exist and that, since strictly connected (humans, nonhumans, the environment), may not be artificially divided, just to consider as “good” the predominance of one over another. Humanism, animal rights, environmentalism represent philosophical currents that, even if useful and innovative, still remain confined within objective limitations, since all consider just one element. Eusebism incorporates all those perspectives, assimilating them inside a general comprehensive theory that, recognizing and valorizing differences and diversities, rejects any discriminations. Eusebism’s perspective inversion is explained by the question: “Why should I deny respect?”, in contrast to classical approach that, beginning from preconceived thesis, researches proves and demonstrations to recognize rights and respect.

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Carlo Prisco, University of Milan, Italy

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Conference: ECERP2016
Stream: Ethics - Ethics, Law, and Justice

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