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ERIC Number: ED241396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Pages: 77
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Rhetoric of Rights.
Nelson, John S.
Theorists on human rights can be divided into two camps: those who believe that rights are asserted by and ascribed to groups, and those who believe that rights may be properly predicated to individuals only. Of late, the latter group has gained dominance. This paper, by presenting a rhetorical analysis of individualism in regard to rights, rejects the limiting of rights to distinct persons. Analysis is divided into five stages. A discussion of the phenomena of group rights precedes examination of the theoretical restrictions of rights of individuals. Various individualisms are distinguished and discredited. The author then highlights the relevance of "group rights" to current issues of ethics, politics, and law, outlining the potential contributions of this concept to current projects in political theory. Finally, the notion that rights are political rather than philosophical is presented. (Author/LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Chicago, IL, September 1-4, 1983).