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Rights, Culture and the LawThemes from the Legal and Political Philosophy of Joseph Raz$
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Lukas H. Meyer, Stanley L. Paulson, and Thomas W. Pogge

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248254

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248254.001.0001

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Group Rights

Group Rights

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(p.161) 10 Group Rights
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Rights, Culture and the Law
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JAMES GRIFFIN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248254.003.0010

Political theorists sometimes speak of different generations of rights. One such generation, the rights of our time, of the last twenty years or so, are ‘solidarity’ rights, including most prominently group rights. A people, a nation, a race, an ethnic or cultural or linguistic or religious group are now often said to have rights. Group rights are supposed not to be reducible to the individual rights of their members. They are supposed to be rights that groups have as groups. The appearance of group rights is part of a widespread modern movement to make the discourse of rights do most of the important work in ethics, which it was neither designed to do nor should now be made to do. This chapter also discusses the concept of group goods, human rights, Joseph Raz's views on group rights, the case for group rights based on considerations of justice, and exclusion and reduction of group rights.

Keywords:   group rights, individual rights, group goods, human rights, Joseph Raz, justice, exclusion, reduction

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