JUSTICE AS INHERENT RIGHTS: A RESPONSE TO MY COMMENTATORS
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2009
© 2009 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 261–279, June 2009
How to Cite
Wolterstorff, N. (2009), JUSTICE AS INHERENT RIGHTS: A RESPONSE TO MY COMMENTATORS. Journal of Religious Ethics, 37: 261–279. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2009.00386.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2009
- human rights;
- human worth;
- inherent rights conception of justice;
- natural rights;
- right order conception of justice;
The critical comments by my fellow symposiasts on my book, Justice: Rights and Wrongs, have provided me with the opportunity to clarify parts of my argument and to correct some misunderstandings; they have also helped me see more clearly than I did before the import of some parts of my argument. In his comments, Paul Weithman points out features of the right order conception of justice that I had not noticed. They have also prodded me to clarify in what way rights are trumps; and both his comments and Bernstein's have prodded me to clarify certain aspects of the theistic account of human rights that I offered. Attridge's comments lead me to see that I was perhaps over-zealous in emphasizing the objective aspects of the semantic range of dikaiosunê as used in the New Testament and downplaying the subjective aspects. And O'Donovan's comments have provided me with the opportunity to make clear that my account of rights is not an immunities account that presupposes nominalism, and to emphasize the ways in which it is not an asocial individualistic account.