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A Political Theory of Rights$
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Attracta Ingram

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279639.001.0001

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Constructing a Theory of Rights: Ideal Conversations

Constructing a Theory of Rights: Ideal Conversations

(p.118) 6 Constructing a Theory of Rights: Ideal Conversations
A Political Theory of Rights

Attracta Ingram

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This chapter develops a method for assessing proposed schemes of rights. It argues that the way to get from some value or interest to rights to securing it should be viewed in terms of a process of social dialogue rather than social contract. Discursive argument must observe certain norms of discussion; the norms proposed by leading advocates of a discursive model of legitimation are not neutral norms of rational discussion. The liberal conception of the person which underlines what is called Ideal Discourse, Ideal Convention, or Constrained Conversation may be held in a non-perfectionist way by a political conception of this as a basis of voluntary political agreement in pluralist democracies.

Keywords:   scheme of rights, discourse, conversation

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