BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Where Do Human Rights Come From? A short talk from New Generation Thinker Dafydd Mills Daniel

The Barbour Room

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

You don’t have to be religious to believe that, as the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “all human beings have the right to be free and treated equally.” However, drawing on a wide range of examples including Shakespeare’s Richard III to Disney’s Jiminy Cricket, New Generation Thinker Dafydd Mills Daniel argues that the UN’s emphasis on “reason and conscience” as the drivers of liberty and equality make the modern conception of human rights more religious, and less liberal, than both secular proponents and conservative critics have supposed.

Dafydd Mills Daniel lectures on theology and ethics at the University of Oxford, and researches the history and development of theories of conscience.

Come and hear this recording of an episode of BBC Radio 3’s The Essay with a chance to ask questions about the topic.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select 10 academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


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  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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