Rights, Race, and Recognition

Rights, Race, and Recognition

by Derrick Darby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521733197

ISBN-13: 9780521733199

Pub. Date: 04/27/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What is the source of rights? Rights have been grounded in divine agency, human nature, and morally justified claims, and have been used to assess the moral status of legal and customary social practices. The orthodoxy is that some of our rights are a species of unrecognized or natural rights. For example, black slaves in antebellum America were said to have such

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What is the source of rights? Rights have been grounded in divine agency, human nature, and morally justified claims, and have been used to assess the moral status of legal and customary social practices. The orthodoxy is that some of our rights are a species of unrecognized or natural rights. For example, black slaves in antebellum America were said to have such rights, and this was taken to provide a basis for establishing the immorality of slavery. Derrick Darby exposes the main shortcomings of the orthodox conception of the source of rights and proposes a radical alternative. He draws on the legacy of race and racism in the USA to argue that all rights are products of social recognition. This bold, lucid and meticulously argued book will inspire readers to rethink the central role assigned to rights in moral, political, and legal theory as well as in everyday evaluative discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521733199
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Having rights; 2. Rights without recognition; 3. Rights and recognition; 4. Race and rights; 5. What's wrong with slavery?; Conclusion.

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