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On Human Rights

James Griffin


What is a human right? How can we tell whether a proposed human right really is one? How do we establish the content of particular human rights, and how do we resolve conflicts between them? These are pressing questions for philosophers, political theorists, jurisprudents, international lawyers, and activists. This book offers answers in its investigation of human rights. The term ‘natural right’, in its modern sense of an entitlement that a person has, first appeared in the late Middle Ages. When during the 17th and 18th centuries the theological content of the idea was abandoned in stages, n ... More

Keywords: human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of worship, welfare right, proposed rights, right to health, natural right, entitlement, United Nations, Universal Declaration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Griffin, author
Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
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