Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (4):427-443 (2020)

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Joseph Bowen
University of St. Andrews
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The Will Theory of Rights says that having control over another’s duties grounds rights. The Will Theory has commonly been objected to on the grounds that it undergenerates right-ascriptions along three fronts. This paper systematically examines a range of positions open to the Will Theory in response to these counterexamples, while being faithful to the Will Theory’s focus on normative control. It argues that of the seemingly plausible ways the defender of the Will Theory can proceed, one cannot both be faithful to the theory’s focus on normative control as the grounds of rights and achieve extensional adequacy.
Keywords Rights  Directed Duties  Normative Control  Will Theory of Rights
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DOI 10.1017/can.2019.57
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