Winston P. Nagan

Nagan, Winston

Nagan, Winston

Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art & Science; Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development, University of Florida

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Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art & Science; Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development, University of Florida

Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art & Science and Sam T. Dell Research Scholar, Professor of Law, and Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida.  He is also International Editorial Advisor to the Journal of Law and Politics. He served as Chairman of Amnesty International USA (1989-91) and as a member of the Board (1986-92). He also served as president of Policy Sciences Center, Yale Law School (1986-1991) and on numerous groups of international experts on issues related to human rights, biodiversity, indigenous rights, and traditional knowledge.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

The Future of Higher Education: The Role of Basic Values
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract In this paper the author identifies the importance of the development of thinking skills in the exposure to higher education. It underscores the intellectual procedures necessary for identification and the solving of problems across disciplinary lines. The paper also explores the problem of the is and the ought in the processes of higher education. It underscores the central issue of shared enlightenment as a major purpose of higher education. It specifically...
In this Issue
This edition includes some of the most compelling articles that we have ever published. These articles are designed to inspire our imaginations, challenge our moral sensitivity and enlighten our scientific and intellectual consciousness. Alexander Likhotal is a hard-nosed historian unafraid of drawing uncomfortable insights concerning the role of science and technology and the emergent forms of social organization. In this short essay titled “Science and Progress,” among the important points...
The Mind of the Leader*
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract The mind of the leader as a scientific matter, emerges with the development of modern psychoanalysis, modern psychology and contemporary political psychology. The focus on the mind as a scientific matter in the social sciences led to the salience of understanding the psychology of human behavior. It was Freud who provided us with an insight into the structure of personality that in various forms continues to be important. It was Harold Lasswell, a former President...
Inside This Issue
Gerald Gutenschwager has written a profound piece in a short compass, which is additionally sweeping in its reach. I would suggest that “Determinism and Reification: The Twin Pillars of the Amoral Society” should be read by as many Fellows of the World Academy as possible. Gutenschwager has looked at two concepts that have constrained human thought. These are the concepts of Determinism and Reification. When these forms of restraint on thinking are dominant as they have been throughout the...
Introduction to the New Paradigm of Political Economic Theory
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This short article is an attempt to provide a reasonably simplified introduction to a complex initiative. Influential Fellows in the World Academy of Art and Science, moved in part by the global crisis of unemployment and a conspicuous lack of theoretical engagement that might constructively respond to the problem, came to the conclusion that the reason for the silence of intellectual concern was because there was a dire need for new thinking about the importance...
Social Capital and the New Paradigm Thinking*
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This article is based on a presentation the author gave in Kazakhstan late last year. The article seeks to clarify the empirical foundations of human capital and then seeks to explore and clarify the role of human capital in the context of the social process. The effort here is to clarify the empirical and normative boundaries of social capital. Of the most important outcomes of social capital are the values important to human needs and social coexistence. The...
The Struggle for Justice in the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery: The Legal of the Magna Carta and the Common Law Tradition
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This article is based on a keynote address that the author gave in Montgomery, Alabama, last year, celebrating the anniversary of the famous Civil Rights March in Selma. It is being reprinted with the kind permission of the editors of the Faulkner University Law Review. The article introduces the reader to the idea that justice involves social action and struggle. It then shifts the perspective to the struggle for justice in historic memory. The author focuses on...
Simulated Judgment on Campaign Finance in the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azania
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This article comes in the form of a simulated judgment of a fictional constitutional court. Its focus is on the scope of liberty in the distribution of private sector funding in the contentious democratic political process. The judgment is triggered by rulings of the United States Supreme Court, which seeks to limit the power of the legislature to constrain campaign expenditures. In its recent judgments, the Supreme Court has equated political liberty as a device...
The Evolution of Sovereignty
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Law is a civilizing force that emerges and evolves as one expression of the process of societal development, transforming the power of physical violence into legal authority. This process has three interrelated dimensions – social, power and legal. Society progresses by increasing levels of social awareness that generate rising aspirations, which in turn release the dynamic energies of society for productive purposes. The development of social institutions...
The Global Values Discourse
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Values are not merely utopian ideals or empty platitudes. They represent the distilled quintessence of accumulated human experience regarding the foundations for stable social existence and sustained evolutionary progress. Values direct and determine the social process. Humanity’s remarkable social advancement in recent centuries can be traced back to its progress in embracing and implementing a core set of universal values. The multiple crises the world confronts...
Individuality, Humanism, & Human Rights
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Our article emphasizes the essential role of the individual as a transformative agent in society and the demand by individuals as essential to the development of human rights. The article contends that human rights emerge out of struggle in social process at all levels. That struggle is the struggle for the recognition of basic rights and essential dignity. In this regard, the paper also provides an insight into the foundation of values behind the idea of rights...