On Norman Wilde’s ‘The Meaning of Rights’

Charles Girard, « On Norman Wilde’s ‘The Meaning of Rights’. A Retrospective Essay », Ethics. An International Journal of Social, Political and Legal Philosophy, 125 (2), 2015, p. 543-545.

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Charles Girard

Philosophy Department, Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

In “The Meaning of Rights,” Norman Wilde offers an original account of rights, still of interest. Rights, he contends, are possessed by an individual by virtue of the social function she fulfills. It is because individuals belong to a common social order, in which each has her part to play, that they are “entitled to the conditions necessary for playing it” [288]. This approach allows for a nuanced view, according to which rights are neither absolutely inherent to the individual nor entirely dependent on social conventions. But is such a function-based justification of rights plausible?

Keywords: rights, institutions, Norman Wilde

Suggested Citation

Girard, Charles, On Norman Wilde’s ‘The Meaning of Rights’ (2015). Charles Girard, « On Norman Wilde’s ‘The Meaning of Rights’. A Retrospective Essay », Ethics. An International Journal of Social, Political and Legal Philosophy, 125 (2), 2015, p. 543-545. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3788201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3788201

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