A Debate Over Rights: Philosophical Enquiries

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Oxford University Press, Oct 15, 1999 - Law - 307 pages
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The authors of this volume engage in essay form in a lively debate over the fundamental characteristics of legal and moral rights. Each author considers whether rights essentially protect individuals' interests or whether they instead essentially enable individuals to make choices. The bookaddresses many questions including: What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a right? What is the connection between the existence and the enforcement of a right (i.e., between rights and remedies)? Does the identification of rights inevitably involve value judgements? To what extent can rights be in conflict? The answers to these and related questions can illuminatingly clarify, though not finally resolve, some of the present-day controversies over abortion, euthanasia, and animal rights. Anyone interested in the basic nature of rights and other entitlementswill profit from reading this book.

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Matthew Kramer is Professor of Legal & Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge, Fellow and Director of Studies in Law, Churchill College (Cambridge), and Director of the Cambridge Forum for Legal & Political Philosophy.
Nigel Simmonds is a Reader in Jurisprudence, Cambridge University, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Law, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Hillel Steiner is Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Manchester.

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