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A Debate Over Rights: Philosophical Enquiries

Matthew H. Kramer


This book engages in essay form in a lively debate over the fundamental characteristics of legal rights. Each chapter considers whether rights essentially protect individuals' interests — as is contended by the Interest Theory of rights — or whether they instead essentially enable individuals to make choices, as the Will Theory of rights maintains. The book addresses many questions, such as the following: What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a legal right? What is the connection between the existence and the enforcement of a legal right (i.e., between legal rig ... More

Keywords: animal rights, Interest Theory, legal rights, Will Theory, abortion, duties, legal duties, Hohfeld, liberties, ethics

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198298991
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298991.001.0001


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