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Griffin on Human Rights

Roger Crisp


James Griffin’s work on human rights, and especially his book On Human Rights (OUP, 2008), is one of the most significant contributions from philosophy to the contemporary discussion of human rights. Griffin provides a historical analysis of the notion, and argues that contemporary usage of the notion is dangerously indeterminate. To fill the gap, he develops his own account of human rights, centring on what he calls ‘personhood’ and ‘practicalities’. Since its publication, there has been much discussion of Griffin’s position. In this collection, internationally leading moral and political phi ... More

Keywords: human rights, Griffin, James, rights, personhood, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668731
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Crisp, editor
St Anne's College, Oxford