Participation: The Right of Rights

Jeremy Waldron

in Law and Disagreement

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262138
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682308 | DOI:
Participation: The Right of Rights

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This chapter defines what William Cobbett means by ‘the right of rights’. It asks what sort of right this is and how it can be justified. How important, the chapter asks, is it in relation to other rights? The chapter argues that the special role of participation in a theory of rights is not a matter of its having moral priority over other rights. Instead it is the upshot of the fact that participation is a right whose exercise seems peculiarly appropriate in situations where reasonable right-bearers disagree about what rights they have.

Keywords: William Cobbett; rights; theory of rights; participation; authority

Chapter.  11577 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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