The Principle of Generic Consistency as the Supreme Principle of Human Rights

Human Rights Review 13 (1):1-18 (2012)
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Deryck Beyleveld
Utrecht University
Abstract
Alan Gewirth’s claim that agents contradict that they are agents if they do not accept that the principle of generic consistency (PGC) is the supreme principle of practical rationality has been greeted with widespread scepticism. The aim of this article is not to defend this claim but to show that if the first and least controversial of the three stages of Gewirth’s argument for the PGC is sound, then agents must interpret and give effect to human rights in ways consistent with the PGC, or deny that human beings are equal in dignity and rights (which idea defines human rights) or that they are agents (and hence subject to any rules at all). Implications for the interpretation of the international legal system of human rights inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 are sketched
Keywords Human rights  Gewirth  Kant  Principle of generic consistency
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DOI 10.1007/s12142-011-0210-2
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