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Rights from wrongs : a secular theory of the origins of rights

Author: Alan M Dershowitz
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2004.
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From one of the preeminent legal scholars of our time, a completely original answer to one of the most difficult questions in legal philosophy: What is the source of human rights?.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dershowitz, Alan M.
Rights from wrongs.
New York : Basic Books, ©2004
(DLC) 2004020006
(OCoLC)56404710
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan M Dershowitz
ISBN: 9780786737734 0786737735
OCLC Number: 658120111
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 261 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: Where do rights come from? --
I: The sources of rights: What are rights? --
Is God the source of rights? --
Is Nature the source of rights? --
Are there other "external" sources of rights? --
Do constitutional democracies really need an external theory of rights? --
Do we need to invent an external source of rights--even if it does not really exist? --
Is natural law a helpful or harmful fiction? --
What, then, is the source of rights? --
II: Some challenges to experience as the source of rights: Is there always a right answer? --
If rights do not come from God or Nature, how are they different from mere preferences? --
Does the experiential approach confuse philosophy with sociology? --
Can rights produce wrongs? --
Is the debate over external sources of rights a liberal-conservative issue? --
III: Applying the experiential theory of rights: Can experiential rights check the abuses of majority rule? --
Is there a right "to life"? --
Is there a right not to be censored by government? --
Is there a right to have church and state separated? --
Is there a right to emigrate and/or immigrate? --
Do animals have rights? --
Do dead people have rights in their organs? Conclusion: The future of rights.
Responsibility: Alan Dershowitz.
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