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    Immanuel Kant's Theory of Rights.Gunnar Beck - 2006 - Ratio Juris 19 (4):371-401.
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    From Kant to Hegel—Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Theory of Self-Consciousness.Gunnar Beck - 1996 - History of European Ideas 22 (4):275-294.
    This article emphasizes Fichte's role as a central figure in the period of transition from Kantian moral universalism to Hegelian ontological collectivism and _Sittlichkeitsethik. Echoing Rousseau's insights into the sociological determinants of human consciousness and drawing on Herder's more comprehensive theory of the linguistic and cultural conditions of all human thought, Fichte, in his writings from 1796 onward, develops a radical reformulation and extension of Kant's theory of reason and self-consciousness. Fichte's theory of the origins and nature of consciousness and (...)
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    Fichte and Kant on Freedom, Rights, and Law.Gunnar Beck - 2008 - Lexington Books.
    Gunnar Beck provides the first comparative book-length introduction to Fichte's and Kant's theories of freedom, law, and politics, together with an overview of the metaphysical and epistemological edifice underpinning their thinking. He offers a critical analysis of the underlying normative foundations of Kant's and Fichte's theories of rights and questions the analytical link between the idea of freedom as rational self-determination or autonomy and a rights-based political liberalism.
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    Autonomy, History and Political Freedom in Kant's Political Philosophy.Gunnar Beck - 1999 - History of European Ideas 25 (5):217-241.
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    The Mythology of Human Rights.Gunnar Beck - 2008 - Ratio Juris 21 (3):312-347.
    Abstract. A special legal status is accorded to human rights within Western liberal democracies: They enjoy a priority over other human goods and are not subjected to the majoritarian principle. The underlying assumption—the idea that there are some human values that deserve special protection—implies the need for both a normative and a conceptual justification. This paper claims that neither can be provided. The normative justification is needed to support the priority of human rights over other human goods and to rank (...)
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