On the Status of Rights: Legal and Philosophical

Butchart, Liam

In cases where the law conflicts with bioethics, the status of rights must be determined to resolve some of the tensions. This paper considers the origins of both legal and philosophical rights, arguing that rights per se do not exist naturally. Even natural rights that are constitutional or statutory came from relationships rather than existing in nature. Once agreed upon, rights develop moral influence.


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August 29, 2022


Contractualism, Law, Bioethics, Philosophy, Interpretation, Rights