Rights brings together the most influential essays of the last thirty years critiquing and defending the liberal rights tradition. Modern 'rights critics' have focused on the perceived conflict between liberal rights and progressive or egalitarian political objectives, the preference of liberal states for negative over positive rights and also the dangers to community of the overly atomistic conception of human nature, which is arguably at the heart of the liberal rights tradition.

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Part I The Liberal Rights Tradition

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Part II Rights Critiques

chapter 3|14 pages

Morton J. Horwitz (1988), 'Rights'

chapter 11|18 pages

Joseph Raz (1995), 'Rights and Politics'

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Part III Aspirational Rights: Possibilities and Histories

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Part IV Rights Redux