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The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsNatural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition$
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David Boucher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203529.001.0001

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Natural Rights and Their Critics

Natural Rights and Their Critics

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The Limits of Ethics in International Relations


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This chapter discusses 18th-century criticism on natural rights from the political and philosophical perspectives. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and Edmund Burke were the major critics of natural law and none of them endorsed the foundations laid by either the objectivism of natural law nor the prescriptive and descriptive versions of natural rights. Burke's and Rousseau's relationship to natural law is ambivalent, but irrespective of their apparently unorthodox attachments to natural law, because both constitute significant subversive and corrosive critics of its traditional formulations.

Keywords:   natural rights, criticism, natural law, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Edmund Burke

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