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Published: 24 September 2020

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780198861973

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What's Wrong with Rights?

Nigel Biggar

  • This book raises and addresses questions about the concepts of rights — natural, moral, legal, universal, absolute — and about rights-talk
  • It considers these questions across a variety of disciplines and genres of literature—intellectual history, legal philosophy, moral philosophy, moral theology, human rights literature, and the judgments of courts
  • It ranges from debates about property in medieval Christendom, through Confucian rights-scepticism, to contemporary discussions about the remedy for global hunger and the justification of killing
  • It concludes with a Burkean position that, while natural, moral rights do not exist, legal rights may be justified by natural morality, according to circumstances