Samuel Moyn teaches history at Columbia University. His Human Rights and the Uses of History, a book collecting some of his pieces for this magazine, will appear next year.
Jonathan Israel's epic defense of "Radical Enlightenment" has the dogmatic ring of a profession of faith.
In their discussions of justice, Michael Sandel and Amartya Sen endorse communal good but slight collective endeavor.
The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell's fictive memoir of a Nazi SS officer, is intentionally sickening and an unquestionably brilliant success.
A new history celebrates the nineteenth-century roots of humanitarian intervention and glosses over their imperial pretensions.
Inventing Human Rights traces the roots of humanitarian concern back to the eighteenth century. But there's a world of difference between then and now.