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Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry

Margaret Gilbert


This book is the first extended treatment of demand-rights, a class of rights apt to be considered rights par excellence. Centrally, to have a demand-right is to have the standing or authority to demand a particular action from another person, who has a correlative obligation to the right-holder. How are demand-rights possible? Linking its response to central themes and positions within rights theory, Rights and Demands argues for two main theses. First, joint commitment, in a sense that is explained, is a ground of demand-rights. Second, it may well be their only ground. The first thesis is d ... More

Keywords: agreements, authority, demand-rights, human rights, joint commitment, obligation, promises, rights theory, social phenomena, standing to demand

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813767
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Gilbert, author
University of California, Irvine