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Does New York City have rights? Margaret Cuonzo on the Right to the City and the Rights of the City
Episode 719th January 2024 • Phi on New York • Gotham Philosophical Society
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The long wait is over! Phi on New York is back and hopefully better than ever. The aim, as always, is to bring you conversations that take a philosophical look at the issues and ideas that shape our city and inform our lives within it. For this episode I wanted to take a look at the idea of the right to the city, an idea introduced by the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre in 1968, and enthusiastically adopted by many activists and organizations ever since. My guest for this episode is Margaret Cuonzo, a philosopher at Long Island University in Brooklyn, who recently took up this idea and provocatively argues that to adequately understand any such right that we can claim over the city we need to acknowledge that the city itself has rights that we need to respect. I enjoyed this conversation immensely, and hope you do as well.

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