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The Moral Dimensions of Human Rights

Carl Wellman


This book discusses all three species of human rights—moral, international, and national—at length, but it pays special attention to the moral reasons that are relevant to each species. The first part develops an original view of the nature and grounds of moral human rights based on the author’s previous publications in the general theory of rights. If respected, they confer some sphere of dominion on the right-holder in some potential confrontation and are grounded on specifically moral reasons. The second part explains how moral human rights are relevant to both the justification and the int ... More

Keywords: human rights, moral rights, international law, moral reasons, constitutions, judicial decisions, human rights treaties, torture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Wellman, author
Washington University St Louis