Res Publica 18 (4):321-331 (2012)

Authors
Siegfried Van Duffel
Nazarbayev University
Abstract
Nicholas Vrousalis has aimed to recast an old objection to the will theory of rights by focusing on Hillel Steiner’s version of that theory. He has argued that Will Theory must either be insensitive to the (values of the) lives of the unempowerable, or be incomplete, because it has no argumentative resources within its conceptual apparatus to ascribe or justify restrictions on the amount of discretion exercised by legal officials. I show that both charges are problematic. They rely on some of Steiner’s inferences which are simply unjustified because they are based on misinterpretations of the logic of Hohfeld’s terminology. The problem for Vrousalis is that his critique takes for granted some of these flawed arguments. The critique is also misdirected to the extent that it assumes that the problems with Steiner’s theory affect Will Theory in general
Keywords Theories of rights  Legal rights  Moral rights  Hillel Steiner  Nicholas Vrousalis  Hohfeld  Analysis of rights
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11158-012-9193-3
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,447
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

An Essay on Rights.Hillel Steiner - 1994 - Oxford, Uk ;Blackwell.
Are There Any Natural Rights?H. L. A. Hart - 1955 - Philosophical Review 64 (2):175-191.
The Moral Foundation of Rights.L. W. Sumner - 1987 - Oxford University Press.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Rights.Leif Wenar - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Human Rights and the Diversity of Value.Hillel Steiner - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (4):395-406.
Collective Rights and Minority Rights.Seumas Miller - 2000 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):241-257.
Rights and Law: Analysis and Theory.Andrew Halpin - 1997 - Distributed in North America by Northwestern University Press.
Natural Rights to Welfare.Siegfried Van Duffel - 2013 - European Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):641-664.
The Structure of Basic Human Rights.George E. Panichas - 1985 - Law and Philosophy 4 (3):343 - 375.
Human Rights and Human Well-Being.William Talbott - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
Rights.Carlos Santiago Nino (ed.) - 1992 - New York University Press.
The Nature of Rights Debate Rests on a Mistake.Siegfried Van Duffel - 2012 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93 (1):104-123.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-03-10

Total views
47 ( #198,974 of 2,330,441 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #394,426 of 2,330,441 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes