This introductory chapter begins by presenting the rationale behind this book, namely the not uncommon belief that we do not yet have a clear enough idea of what human rights are. It contends that this belief needs more focus. It considers the developing notion of human rights running through this history or ‘historical notion’. It argues that human rights should be seen as protections of our normative agency. That is not a derivation of human rights from normative agency; it is a proposal based on a hunch that this way of remedying the indeterminateness of the term will best suit its role in ethics.
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