The Claims and Duties of Socioeconomic Human Rights

Philosophical Quarterly 66 (265):701-722 (2016)
Stephanie Collins
Australian Catholic University
A standard objection to socioeconomic human rights is that they are not claimable as human rights: their correlative duties are not owed to each human, independently of specific institutional arrangements, in an enforceable manner. I consider recent responses to this ‘claimability objection,’ and argue that none succeeds. There are no human rights to socioeconomic goods. But all is not lost: there are, I suggest, human rights to ‘socioeconomic consideration’. I propose a detailed structure for these rights and their correlative duties, while remaining neutral on substantive moral debates. I argue that socioeconomic-consideration human rights are satisfactorily claimable and sufficiently practical.
Keywords human rights  subsistence  socioeconomic  claims  duties
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqw010
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