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Rights from Wrongs : A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights - Alan Dershowitz

Rights from Wrongs

A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights

Paperback Published: 13th December 2005
ISBN: 9780465017140
Number Of Pages: 272

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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"

ISBN: 9780465017140
ISBN-10: 0465017142
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th December 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 0.51 x 0.33  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1