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Where do our rights come from? Does "natural law" really exist outside of what is written in constitutions and legal statutes? If so, why are rights not the same everywhere and in all eras? On the other hand, if rights are nothing more than the product of human law, why should we ever allow them to override the popular will? In Rights from Wrongs, renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz puts forward a wholly new and compelling answer to this age-old dilemma: Rights, he argues, do not come from God, nature, logic, or law alone. They arise out of particular human experiences with injustice. Rights from Wrongs is the first book to propose a theory of rights that emerges not from a theory of perfect justice but from its opposite: from the bottom up, from trial and error, and from our collective experience of injustice. Human rights come from human wrongs. "[Dershowitz's] underlying theory is one that can be neutrally applied by people residing at all positions within the political spectrum.... Perhaps if his views were understood by more people, there would be both a toning down of the political rhetoric." -Tampa Tribune
Posted March 20, 2006
There is something in the law, that if there are three mainstreams of theorys that intends to find the source of rights, none of them gives the right answer. Dershowits trys to locate that 'something' in an experential aproach to the source of rights, and looks for the experience with past wrongs with a sight in morals, as a ground where it can be builded a theory on rights. There was a german jurist, Savigny, who created the historic school of law, and founded that 'something' in the spirit of the people, the german people in the case. It might be the relation between facts and the social belief on morals what give us the standars for the right and the wrong. There still is not a right answer, but Dershowits have a point to be considered.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.