The Nature of Moral 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:
The Nature of Moral Human Rights

Show Summary Details


This chapter explains the nature of moral human rights. Although many are claim-rights, others are liberty-rights, power-rights, or immunity-rights. They are adversarial and apply to some potential confrontation between the right-holder and some second party who fails or refuses to respect the right. Their universal possession is limited to human beings in the morally relevant sense, those with the capacities for moral action. Their political relevance depends on the fact that both nation-states and international institutions are second and third parties in them. Although they are inalienable, they are not always of great importance.

Keywords: rights; moral rights; human rights; adversarial; claim-rights; universal; political relevance; inalienable; importance

Chapter.  11805 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.