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Samuel Moyn


“Human Rights in the History of Global Cosmopolitanisms”


Samuel Moyn is a Professor of History at Columbia University. His research interests are in Modern European intellectual history, with special interests in France and Germany, political and legal thought, historical and critical theory, and Jewish studies. He is the co director of the New York area Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History. He is Editor of the journal Humanity, and has editorial positions at several other publications.


The talk developed themes from his recent and widely discussed book, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard UP 2010).  Professor Moyn is also the author of Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics (2005) and A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France (2005), as well as numerous articles.  In 2007 he received Columbia Universities Mark van Doren Award for excellence in teaching.

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