Samuel Moyn

Professor of Law

Representative Publications



Moyn, Samuel. Human Rights and the Uses of History (Verso 2014).
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Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History ( Samuel Moyn & Darrin M. McMahon eds., Oxford U. Press 2014).
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The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s (Jan Eckel & Samuel Moyn eds., U. Penn. Press 2013).
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Global Intellectual History ( Samuel Moyn & Andrew Sartori eds., Columbia U. Press 2013).
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Moyn, Samuel. The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard U. Press 2010).
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The Modernist Imagination: Intellectual History and Critical Theory (Warren Breckman, Peter E. Gordon, A. Dirk Moses, Samuel Moyn & Elliot Neaman eds., Berghahn Books 2008).
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Moyn, Samuel. Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics (Cornell U. Press 2006).
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Rosanvallon, Pierre. Democracy Past and Future ( Samuel Moyn ed., Columbia U. Press 2006).
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Moyn, Samuel. A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France (Brandeis U. Press 2005).
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Shorter Works in Collection

Moyn, Samuel. "From Antiwar Politics to Antitorture Politics" in Law and War (Austin Sarat, et al. eds., Stanford U. Press, 2014).

Moyn, Samuel. "The Secret History of Constitutional Dignity" in Understanding Human Dignity (Christopher McCrudden ed., Oxford U. Press, 2013).

Moyn, Samuel. "John Locke on Intervention, Uncertainty, and Insurgency" in Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Thinkers from Vitoria to Mill 113 (Stefano Recchia & Jennifer Welsh eds., Cambridge U. Press, 2013).
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Moyn, Samuel. "Do Human Rights Treaties Make Enough of a Difference?" in Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law 329 (Costas Douzinas & Conor Gearty eds., 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "Afterword: The Self-Evidence of Enlightenment Rights" in Self-Evident Truths?: The Enlightenment and Human Rights (Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2010) (Kate E. Tunstall ed., Continuum, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "To Wipe the Slate Clean" in Yale French Studies (Literature and History: Around Suite Française and Les Bienveillantes) (Richard J. Golsan & Philip Watts eds., 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "Bearing Witness: Theological Sources of a New Secular Morality" in The Holocaust and Historical Methodology (Dan Stone ed., Berghahn Books, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "Intellectuals and Nazism" in Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History 671 (Dan Stone ed., Oxford University Press, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "The Spirit of Jewish History" in The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era 75 (Zachary Braiterman, Martin Kavka & David Novak eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "Anxiety and Secularization: Søren Kierkegaard and the Twentieth-Century Invention of Existentialism" in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context 279 (Robert Bernasconi & Jonathan Judaken eds., Columbia University Press, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "The Politics of Individual Rights: Marcel Gauchet and Claude Lefort" in French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the Present Day 291 (Raf Geenens & Helena Rosenblatt eds., Cambridge U. Press, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel & Azzan Yadin. "The Creaturely Limits of Knowledge: Martin Heidegger, Immanuel Kant, and Weimar Theological Pessimism" in The Weimar Moment: Political Theology, Liberalism, and the Law 123 (Leonard Kaplan & Rudy Koshar eds., Lexington Books, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "Imperialism, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Human Rights" in The Human Rights Revolution: An International History 159 (Akira Iriye et al. eds., Oxford U. Press, 2012).

Moyn, Samuel. "Personalism, Community, and the Origins of Human Rights" in Human Rights in the Twentieth Century 85 (Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann ed., Cambridge U. Press, 2011).

Moyn, Samuel. "In the Aftermath of Camps" in Histories of the Aftermath: The Legacies of World War II in Comparative European Perspective (Frank Biess & Robert Moeller eds., 2010).

Moyn, Samuel. "Marxism and Alterity: Claude Lefort and the Critique of Totality" in The Modernist Imagination: Essays in Intellectual History and Critical Theory (Warren Breckman et al. eds., Berghahn Books, 2008).

Moyn, Samuel. "Amos Funkenstein on the Theological Origins of Historicism" in Thinking Impossibilities: The Legacy of Amos Funkenstein (David Biale & Robert Westman eds., University of Toronto Press, 2008).

Articles in a Periodical

Moyn, Samuel & Darrin M. McMahon. "The Fall and Rise of Intellectual History; Still Have Consequences," 60 Chron. Higher Educ. (2014).
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Moyn, Samuel. "From Communist to Muslim: Religious Liberty in European Human Rights Law," 113 S. Atlantic Q. 63 (2014).
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Moyn, Samuel. "Only Gravestones," Times Literary Supplement, Aug. 9, 2013.

Moyn, Samuel. "Why the Court Was Right About the Alien Tort Statute: A Better Way to Promote Human Rights," Foreign Affairs, May 2, 2013.
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Moyn, Samuel. "Torture and Taboo," The Nation, Feb. 25, 2013.
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Moyn, Samuel. "Judith Shklar Versus the International Criminal Court," 4 Humanity 473 (2013).

Moyn, Samuel. "The Continuing Perplexities of Human Rights," 22 Qui Parle (2013).
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Moyn, Samuel. "A Certain Late Discovery," 4 Jewish Review of Books 27 (2013).

Moyn, Samuel. "Drones and Imagination: A Response to Paul Kahn," 24 Eur. J. Int'l L. 227 (2013).
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Moyn, Samuel. "Totalitarianism, Famine and Us," The Nation, Nov. 26, 2012.
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Moyn, Samuel. "Of Deserts and Promised Lands," The Nation, February 29, 2012.

Moyn, Samuel. "Substance, Scale, and Salience: The Recent Historiography of Human Rights," 8 Ann. Rev. L. & Soc. Sci. 123 (2012).
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(Also, Die neue Historiographie der Menschenrechte, 38 Geschichte und Gesellschaft 545 (2012))

Moyn, Samuel. "Claude Lefort, Political Anthropology, and Symbolic Division," 19 Constellations (Claude Lefort Memorial Issue) 37 (2012).
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(Reprinted in Martín Plot, ed., Claude Lefort: Thinker of the Political 51 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013))

Moyn, Samuel. "Soft Sells: On Liberal Internationalism," The Nation, Oct. 3, 2012.

Moyn, Samuel. "The First Historian of Human Rights," 116 Am. Hist. Rev. 59 (2011).
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Moyn, Samuel. "Human Rights in History," The Nation, Aug. 30/Sept. 6, 2010.

Moyn, Samuel. "The Assumption by Man of His Original Fracturing: Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain, and the History of the Self," 6 Mod. Intell. Hist. 315 (2009).
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Moyn, Samuel. "Spectacular Wrongs," The Nation, Oct. 13, 2008.

Moyn, Samuel. "On the Intellectual Origins of François Furet's Masterpiece," 29 La Revue Tocqueville/The Tocqueville Review 59 (2008).

Moyn, Samuel. "Hannah Arendt on the Secular," 105 New German Critique 71 (2008).
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Moyn, Samuel. "On the Genealogy of Morals," The Nation, Apr. 16, 2007.

Moyn, Samuel. "From Experience to Law: Leo Strauss and the Weimar Crisis of the Philosophy of Religion," 33 Hist. Eur. Ideas 174 (2007).
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Moyn, Samuel. "Empathy in History, Empathizing with Humanity," 54 Hist. & Theory 397 (2006) (reviewing Cornell U. Press, Carolyn J. Dean,The Fragility of Empathy After the Holocaust; Dominick LaCapra, History in Transit: Experience, Identity, and Critical Theory (2006)).

Articles in a Newspaper

Moyn, Samuel. "Human Rights, Not So Pure Anymore," New York Times, May 12, 2012.

Prefaces or Epilogues

Moyn, Samuel. "Preface" to The Last Jew of Treblinka: A Memoir (Chil Rajchman, 2010).

Internet Publications

Moyn, Samuel. Intellectuals, Reason, and History: In Memory of Tony Judt, 4 H-France Salon (2012).
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Representative Publications

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