Article first published online: 14 FEB 2006
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 11–21, January 2006
How to Cite
Rainbolt, G. W. (2006), Rights Theory. Philosophy Compass, 1: 11–21. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2006.00003.x
- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2006
- Philosophy Compass 1/1 (2006): 11–21, 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2006.00003.x
Both moral and legal theory feature prominent talk about rights. Yet there is very little agreement about what rights are, about why we use rights in our moral or legal theories, or about what to do when there is a conflict between rights. This article surveys many of the popular theory for analysing rights and explaining their scope.