Real Rights

Hardcover | April 1, 1994

byCarl Wellman

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Real Rights offers a new theory of the grounds of legal and moral rights, thereby providing a platform from which to determine whether alleged rights are "real" or not. In particular, Wellman conceives of a legal or moral right as a complex of liberties, claims, powers, and immunities, anddistinguishes the kinds of laws and moral reasons that can ground each of these. The book argues that only agents can be right-holders, that children and the mentally-limited can have only limited rights, while fetuses, the dead, and groups can have none. It also discusses the duties implied by anyreal right, as well as the kinds of considerations (including conflicting rights) that could override implied duties. This original and systematic discussion of the grounds of rights should interest a wide range of scholars and practitioners in philosophy, law, and political science.

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Real Rights offers a new theory of the grounds of legal and moral rights, thereby providing a platform from which to determine whether alleged rights are "real" or not. In particular, Wellman conceives of a legal or moral right as a complex of liberties, claims, powers, and immunities, anddistinguishes the kinds of laws and moral reas...

Carl Wellman is at Washington University, St. Louis.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.83 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195095006

ISBN - 13:9780195095005

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"Real Rights... is a valuable contribution to the literature on rights. Analytic ethicists working on rights theory will need to read this book."--Ethics