Liberal rights theory and social inequality: A feminist critique

Hypatia 14 (2):26-47 (1999)
: Liberal rights theory can be used either to challenge or to support social hierarchies of power. Focusing on Ronald Dworkin's theory of rights and Catharine MacKinnon's feminist critique of liberalism, I identify a number of problems with the way that liberal theorists conceptualize rights. I argue that rights can be used to chal-lenge oppressive practices and structures only if they are defined and employed with an awareness and critique of social relations of power
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DOI 10.1353/hyp.2005.0050
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Ronald Dworkin (1987). A Matter of Principle. Journal of Philosophy 84 (5):284-291.

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