An Approach to Rights

Studies in the Philosophy of Law and Morals

  • Carl Wellman

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Carl Wellman
    Pages 1-48
  3. Carl Wellman
    Pages 49-62
  4. Carl Wellman
    Pages 63-73
  5. Carl Wellman
    Pages 74-84
  6. Carl Wellman
    Pages 85-104
  7. Carl Wellman
    Pages 105-116
  8. Carl Wellman
    Pages 117-126
  9. Carl Wellman
    Pages 127-140
  10. Carl Wellman
    Pages 141-163
  11. Carl Wellman
    Pages 164-176
  12. Carl Wellman
    Pages 177-186
  13. Carl Wellman
    Pages 187-199
  14. Carl Wellman
    Pages 200-216
  15. Carl Wellman
    Pages 217-230
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 264-274

About this book


An Approach to Rights contains fifteen previously published but mostly inaccessible papers that together show the development of one of the more important contemporary theories of the nature, grounds and practical implications of rights. In a long retrospective essay, Carl Wellman explains what he was trying to accomplish in each paper, how far he believes that he succeeded and where he failed. Thus the author provides a critical perspective both on his own theory and on alternative theories from which he borrows, or that he rejects. These essays identify the problems any adequate theory of rights must solve, describe the more plausible solutions and weigh the merits of each. They will be of special interest to any reader concerned with legal theory, moral philosophy or any branch of applied ethics or social policy in which appeals to rights are frequently made but seldom rationally satisfactory.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Carl Wellman
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington UniversitySt LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4814-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8812-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
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