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In Defense of the Jurisdiction Theory of Rights

Eric Mack
The Journal of Ethics
Vol. 4, No. 1/2, Rights, Equality, and Liberty Universidad Torcuato Di Tella Law and Philosophy Lectures 1995-1997 (Jan. - Mar., 2000), pp. 71-98
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25115636
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

This essay critically examines three theories of moral rights, the Benefit, the Interest, and the Choice theories. The Interest and Choice theories attempt to explain how rights can be more robust than seems possible on the Benefit theory. In particular, moral rights are supposed to be resistant to trade-offs to support principled anti-paternalism, to constitute a distinct dimension of morality, and to provide right holders with a range of discretionary choice. I argue that these and other features are better yet provided by a fourth theory of moral rights, the Jurisdiction theory.

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