What does it mean to have a right? Previous answers to this question fall into two groups: interest/benefit theories of rights and choice/will theories. This book proposes an alternative to these traditional views: the justified-constraint theory of rights, which avoids the pitfalls of earlier theories, and solves the puzzle of the relational nature of rights. The analysis shows that this theory applies without modification to past, present and future beings.

The Concept of Rights 2010, Springer, Dordrecht

ISBN-13: 9789048170050


The Concept of Rights 2006, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands

ISBN-13: 9781402039768

2006 edition