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On Human Rights$
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James Griffin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238781.001.0001

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Whose Rights?

Whose Rights?

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(p.83) 4 Whose Rights?
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On Human Rights
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James Griffin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238781.003.0005

Human infants are not normative agents. Neither are human foetuses, nor the severely mentally handicapped, nor sufferers from advanced dementia. This chapter addresses the following questions: Do none of these groups, then, have human rights? Do none of these groups at least have certain general moral rights simply in virtue of being human — only analogous to human rights, it may be, but for all practical purposes just as good?

Keywords:   human rights, morality, children, normative agency, mentally handicapped, dementia

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