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Being Sure of Each Other: An Essay on Social Rights and Freedoms

Kimberley Brownlee


To survive, let alone flourish, we need to be sure of—securely tied to—at least one other person. We also need to be sure of our general acceptance within the wider social world. This book explores the normative implications of taking our social needs seriously. Chapter 1 sketches out what our core social needs are, and Chapter 2 shows that they ground a fundamental, but largely neglected human right against social deprivation. Chapter 3 then argues that this human right includes a right to sustain the people we care about, and that often, when we are denied the resources to sustain others, we ... More

Keywords: belonging, freedom of association, isolation, human rights, justice, loneliness, love, social deprivation, social rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198714064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberley Brownlee, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick