Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights

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Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights

by Alan M. Dershowitz

Basic Books | December 13, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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Where do our rights come from? Does "natural law" really exist outside of what is written in constitutions and legal statutes? If so, why are rights not the same everywhere and in all eras? On the other hand, if rights are nothing more than the product of human law, why should we ever allow them to override the popular will? In Rights from Wrongs, renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz puts forward a wholly new and compelling answer to this age-old dilemma: Rights, he argues, do not come from God, nature, logic, or law alone. They arise out of particular human experiences with injustice. Rights from Wrongs is the first book to propose a theory of rights that emerges not from a theory of perfect justice but from its opposite: from the bottom up, from trial and error, and from our collective experience of injustice. Human rights come from human wrongs. "[Dershowitz''s] underlying theory is one that can be neutrally applied by people residing at all positions within the political spectrum.... Perhaps if his views were understood by more people, there would be both a toning down of the political rhetoric." -Tampa Tribune

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.69 in

Published: December 13, 2005

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465017142

ISBN - 13: 9780465017140

Found in: Reference and Language

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Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights

by Alan M. Dershowitz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.69 in

Published: December 13, 2005

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465017142

ISBN - 13: 9780465017140

About the Book

"Where do our rights come from? Does ""natural law"" really exist outside of what is written in constitutions and legal statutes? If so, why are rights not the same everywhere and in all eras? On the oth"

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Where do our rights come from? Does "natural law" really exist outside of what is written in constitutions and legal statutes? If so, why are rights not the same everywhere and in all eras? On the other hand, if rights are nothing more than the product of human law, why should we ever allow them to override the popular will? In Rights from Wrongs, renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz puts forward a wholly new and compelling answer to this age-old dilemma: Rights, he argues, do not come from God, nature, logic, or law alone. They arise out of particular human experiences with injustice. Rights from Wrongs is the first book to propose a theory of rights that emerges not from a theory of perfect justice but from its opposite: from the bottom up, from trial and error, and from our collective experience of injustice. Human rights come from human wrongs. "[Dershowitz''s] underlying theory is one that can be neutrally applied by people residing at all positions within the political spectrum.... Perhaps if his views were understood by more people, there would be both a toning down of the political rhetoric." -Tampa Tribune

About the Author

Attorney and bestselling author Alan M. Dershowitz was first in his class at Yale Law School. Dershowitz was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and the youngest full professor in the history of Harvard Law School. He is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dershowitz has represented many controversial clients, including O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley and Patricia Hearst. His books include Reasonable Doubt (about the O. J. Simpson trial) and Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis.
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