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The Rationale and Spirit of the Existence of Human Rights

The discussion of this essay revolves on the primacy and importance of human rights, the doctrine of human rights, its justification, scope and treatment.

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Table of contents

Introduction 1
Why Humans Have Rights 1
The Doctrine of   Human Rights 1
Human Rights Justified 2
Rights Defined 3
The Scope of Human Rights 5
Synthesis 7
Bibliography 8

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The Rationale and Spirit of the Existence of Human Rights Human rights have been defined as “basic moral guarantees that people all countries and cultures allegedly have simply because they are people. Calling these guarantees “rights” suggests that attach to particular individuals who can invoke them, that they are of high priority, and that compliance with them is mandatory rather than discretionary. Human rights are also international norms that help to protect all people everywhere from severe political, legal, and social abuses. The philosophy of human rights addresses questions about the existence, content, nature, universality, justification, and legal status of human rights. The strong claims made on behalf of human rights frequently provoke skeptical doubts and countering philosophical defenses. Reflection on these doubts and the responses that can be made to them has become a sub-field of political and legal philosophy with substantial literature. Why Humans Have Rights Rights are due to a man, precisely because he is a person and, therefore, possessing worth and dignity. Man is not merely a piece of matter, a robot, a tool, a bundle of drives, or a meaningless question mark as some philosophers would ...

... or a positive complexion in respect of the obligations imposed by others in securing the right. Human rights are widely considered to trump other social and political considerations in the allocation of public resources. Broadly speaking, philosophers generally agree on such issues as the formal properties of human rights, object of human rights, and the force of human rights. However, there is much less agreement upon the fundamental question on how human rights may be philosophically justified. It would be fair to say the philosophers have provided many different, at times even conflicting, answers to this question. Philosophers have sought to justify human rights by appeal to single ideals such as equality, autonomy, human dignity, fundamental human interests, the capacity for rational agency, and even democracy.
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