Chapter

Rights as Political

Attracta Ingram

in A Political Theory of Rights

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198279631
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198279639.003.0009
 Rights as Political

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This chapter discusses the connection between liberal democratic thought and a political understanding of rights, and their impact on belief in universal rights, human rights, rights-scepticism and talent pooling. It argues that rights are political in the sense of being moral powers which are specified by the political principles of a voluntary politics. The assertion of human rights should not be discouraged by the parochialism of liberal theory. Bodily integrity need not be violated under the principle of strong social provision.

Keywords: political rights; liberal democratic through universal rights; human rights; rights-scepticism; talent-pooling

Chapter.  8198 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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