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Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.001.0001

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Grounding the Rights We Have as Human Persons

Grounding the Rights We Have as Human Persons

(p.201) 8 Grounding the Rights We Have as Human Persons
Understanding Liberal Democracy

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Terence Cuneo

Oxford University Press

This essay supplements the account of human rights offered in "On Secular and Theistic Accounts of Human Rights" (ch. 7) with a discussion of the nature and grounding of the rights that we have qua full-fledged human persons. Attempts to ground these rights in rational autonomy, this chapter contends, fail. We need a much more rich and nuanced account of what grounds the rights of full-fledged human persons. This chapter offers a sketch of such a grounding.

Keywords:   capacity for rational agency, dignity, God, Griffin, James, life-goods, Raz, Joseph, Imago Dei, Kant, personhood, rights, worth

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