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A Political Theory of Rights

Attracta Ingram


This book presents a conception of rights as a type of political claim, justified by a Kantian ideal of autonomy. This justification provides a moral basis for rights independent of law and custom, and tied to an image of citizenship which is appropriate to the practice of pluralist liberal democracy. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 discusses the concept of self-ownership and the proprietary conception of rights. Part II explores the concept of self-government and the political conception of rights.

Keywords: moral rights, autonomy, self-ownership, self-government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198279639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Attracta Ingram, author
University College, Dublin

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