An Approach to Human Rights

Carl Wellman

in The Moral Dimensions of Human Rights

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744787
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827138 | DOI:
An Approach to Human Rights

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This chapter explains how the contemporary idea of human rights developed out of the natural rights tradition. It adopts a natural rights, although not a natural law, approach to human rights in international law and national legal systems in order to explain their moral dimensions. It defends this approach against the criticisms of Joseph Raz, John Rawls, Rex Martin, Thomas Pogge, and Charles R. Beitz. However, it does not deny that alternative approaches such as their political, social practice, institutional, and practical conceptions are also useful and probably necessary for any complete theory of human rights

Keywords: human rights; natural rights; natural law; international law; Joseph Raz; John Rawls; Rex Martin; Thomas Pogge; Charles R. Beitz

Chapter.  6826 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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