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Why is it disrespectful to violate rights?

Cruft R (2013) Why is it disrespectful to violate rights?. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 113 (2, part 2), pp. 201-224.

Violating a person's rights is disrespectful to that person. This is because it is disrespectful to someone to violate duties owed to that person. I call these ‘directed duties'; they are the flipside of rights. The aim of this paper is to consider why directed duties and respect are linked, and to highlight a puzzle about this linkage, a puzzle arising from the fact that many directed duties are justified independently of whether they do anything for those to whom they are owed.

rights; duties; respect; individualism

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society: Volume 113, Issue 2, part 2

Author(s)Cruft, Rowan
FundersArts and Humanities Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council
Publication date31/07/2013
Publication date online24/10/2013
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for The Aristotelian Society
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