Original Air: Date November 11, 2012
Benjamin Gregg is an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include social integration in complex modern societies; problems and prospects of contemporary forms of justice; coping with value pluralism; deploying contemporary sociological theory to solve problems in political philosophy; and the social, legal, and political consequences of the human species taking control of its genome. Gregg is currently undertaking two book-length projects: Second Nature: The Genetic Self-Transformation of the Human Species raises and answers philosophical questions prompted in the advent of the unprecedented prospect of genetically manipulating human beings; The Human-Rights State proposes an alternative vehicle for recognizing and enforcing human rights based on positive law, a “human-rights state,” in distinction to the sovereignty-fixated nation-state. In addition to his current projects, Gregg is the author of a number of publications, including, most recently, Human-Rights as Social Construction (Cambridge University Press, 2012).