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Human Rights, Ownership, and the Individual

Rowan Cruft


What do we mean by rights, and can our use of the concept be justified? This book offers a partial vindication of the concept of a right, defending its use in relation to human rights while questioning it in relation to property. It starts with a new ‘Addressive’ account of the nature of rights as bringing together duty-bearer and right-holder first-personally—a theory which moves beyond and complements traditional Interest and Will Theories. This Addressive account implies that a right exists pre-institutionally (as a ‘natural’ or ‘moral’ right) only when a duty owes its existence predominant ... More

Keywords: human rights, property rights, ownership, nature of rights, claim-rights, second-person standpoint, teleology, natural rights, legal rights, individualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793366
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rowan Cruft, author
University of Stirling