Prima facie versus natural (human) rights

Journal of Value Inquiry 10 (2):119-131 (1976)
The paper argues that the idea of prima facie rights implies insurmountable difficulties in connection with the function such rights are said to have in a scheme of justice. G vlastos's version of prima facie rights theories is scrutinized as typical and more advanced than others. The paper shows that natural rights are contextually absolute; they cannot (morally) be overruled in a context of normal political circumstances but may have to be disregarded whenever politics is impossible. Vlastos's insight is preserved without sacrificing the integrity of a scheme of justice based on natural rights
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