The Nature of Rights

Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 (3):223-252 (2005)
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Abstract

The twentieth century saw a vigorous debate over the nature of rights. Will theorists argued that the function of rights is to allocate domains of freedom. Interest theorists portrayed rights as defenders of well-being. Each side declared its conceptual analysis to be closer to an ordinary understanding of what rights there are, and to an ordinary understand- ing of what rights do for rightholders. Neither side could win a decisive victory, and the debate ended in a standoff.

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Epistemic rights and legal rights.Leif Wenar - 2003 - Analysis 63 (2):142–146.

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