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Minimalism, Determinacy, and Human Rights

Simpson, RM; (2021) Minimalism, Determinacy, and Human Rights. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , 34 (1) pp. 149-169. 10.1017/cjlj.2020.25. Green open access

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Abstract

According to a widely-shared view, human rights encompass a very limited range of ethical concerns: not all human interests, only urgent interests;1 not our preferences, only our needs;2 not all wrongs, only severe injustices;3 not a good life in the fullest sense, but only a minimally decent or autonomous life.4 In short, human rights are not about realizing the best, they are about shielding us from the worst. I will call this general theoretical stance Minimalism.

Type: Article
Title: Minimalism, Determinacy, and Human Rights
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/cjlj.2020.25
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/cjlj.2020.25
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125967
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