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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

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

Terence Cuneo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.003.0009

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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