"Simply in Virtue of Being Human": The Whos and Whys of Human Rights

By Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy

  • Release Date: 2008-02-01
  • Genre: Law


ACCORDING TO JAMES GRIFFIN, human rights are rights that humans have "simply in virtue of being human." (1) This analysis of the concept of a human right strikes me as helpful and credible. Of course it raises deep questions. What is a right? What is a human? Griffin has much of importance to say about these questions. But whether he analyzes the concept of a right and that of a human correctly will not be my main concern here. My main concern will be whether he brings these two concepts together correctly in his analysis of the concept of a human right. 1. Three Propositions About Human Rights