Chwaszcza, Christine (2010). The Concept of Rights in Contemporary Human Rights Discourse. Ratio Juris, 23 (3). pp. 333-364. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.. ISSN 1467-9337

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In a variety of disciplines, there exists a consensus that human rights are individual claim rights that all human beings possess simply as a consequence of being human. That consensus seems to me to obscure the real character of the concept and hinder the progress of discussion. I contend that rather than thinking of human rights in the first instance as “claim rights” possessed by individuals, we should regard human rights as higher order norms that articulate standards of legitimacy for sociopolitical and legal institutions.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-455327
Journal or Publication Title: Ratio Juris
Volume: 23
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 333-364
Date: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN: 1467-9337
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 8: Philosophie > Philosophisches Seminar
Subjects: Philosophy
Refereed: No


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