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Title:
The practice of rights
Author:
Flathman, Richard E.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1976]

©1976
Physical Description:
vi, 250 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521211703
Format :
Book

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Summary

In this book, first published in 1977, Richard Flathman sets out to provide a systematic understanding and an assessment of individual rights. He pursues the first objective primarily by analysing the salient characteristics of the uses of 'rights' in ordinary language. Establishing, exercising, respecting and violating rights are treated as activities forming a social 'practice'. This practice consists of an interrelated set of rules, norms and beliefs that are generally accepted and acted upon by persons who participate in the practice. Both the form and the content of the practice change substantially over time. The author's analysis of civic individualism casts doubt both on the communitarian conceptions of the proper relationship between the individual and society and on the strongly a- or anti-political individualism (and the right to private property it has emphasised) that has occupied a significant place in political philosophy from Hobbes to Nozick.


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The practice of rights
2 Types of rights
3 Aspects of the logic of rights (I)
4 Aspects of the logic of rights (2)
5 Rights and rules
6 Rights and authority
7 Rights and freedom
8 Rights and the Liberal principle
9 Rights and community
10 Individual liberties in a Liberal society
Appendix
Notes
Index