Special Rights and General Rights

Jeremy Waldron

in The Right to Private Property

Published in print November 1990 | ISBN: 9780198239376
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679902 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on the distinction between special rights and general rights. It argues that no watertight knockdown argument can be given against recasting so-called special rights as general rights, which are conditional in their content. What is important is that the distinction be recognized — whether it is called a distinction between special and general rights, or between conditional and unconditional rights — and its importance understood in the realm of right-based arguments for property.

Keywords: special rights; general rights; conditional rights; unconditional rights

Chapter.  7873 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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