Moral Rights

Hillel Steiner

Edited by David Copp

in The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147797
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785841 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Moral Rights

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This chapter explores the nature of moral rights by examining their formal structure, their status within morality, and rival theories concerning their content. Moral rights are construed as ones which legal systems ought to embody. As such, it is argued that consideration of the possibility of conflicts between rights and other moral values, and among rights themselves, serves to illuminate issues surrounding their content and moral status.

Keywords: Hohfeld; claims; powers; enforceability; will; interest theories; compossibility; negative rights; positive rights

Chapter.  9855 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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