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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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Rights as Political

Rights as Political

(p.193) 9 Rights as Political
A Political Theory of Rights

Attracta Ingram

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the connection between liberal democratic thought and a political understanding of rights, and their impact on belief in universal rights, human rights, rights-scepticism and talent pooling. It argues that rights are political in the sense of being moral powers which are specified by the political principles of a voluntary politics. The assertion of human rights should not be discouraged by the parochialism of liberal theory. Bodily integrity need not be violated under the principle of strong social provision.

Keywords:   political rights, liberal democratic through universal rights, human rights, rights-scepticism, talent-pooling

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