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Rights

Rowan Cruft

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0105
Rights

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The concept of a right is central to contemporary moral, political, and legal debates. It is therefore perhaps surprising that there is no consensus either on what rights are or on whether, and if so, how, their existence is morally justified. Recent work encompasses a wide range of positions on the nature of rights (e.g., as essentially protectors of people’s interests, as essentially protectors of people’s choices, or as fulfilling more complex functions), on their moral justification (e.g., as instrumentally or noninstrumentally grounded), and on the relationship between their nature and their justification. Much good work on particular types of rights—such as human rights, property rights, animal rights—bypasses these general issues, assuming a particular conception of rights without arguing for it. The initial sections of this bibliography focus on rights in general; specific forms of rights are examined under Notable Classes of Rights in this bibliography.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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