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Saladin Meckled-Garcia
University College London
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This paper argues that Susan James' definition of rights as 'enforceable claims' suffers from key faults based in its descriptive approach to a normative and evaluative concept (rights). James cannot explain key and valuable functions of the concept of rights as action-guiding and reason-giving, and some upshots of the view are inconsistent with the reasons one would appeal to rights as a distinctive concept. On her view it is difficult to explain how a right can be violated, given that violation appears to imply lack of effective enforcement.
Keywords rights  concept of rights  enforceability
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2004.00169.x
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