In a contribution to the Indian Philosophical quarterly I have developed an emergent theory of value. From that standpoint an attempt is made here to define the nature of moral value and to distinguish moral rights from political rights with a view to bring out the moral basis of political obligation. The terms 'moral' and 'political' are social concepts. They have a meaning only in a society of rational beings endowed with the capacities of reason, will and emotion. the members of such a society are self-conscious and interdependent individuals.
AbstractIn the past century, the notion of human rights has expanded significantly to include a variety of social rights. The introduction of this new category of human rights inspired a lively debate concerning the authenticity of such claims, focussing particularly on the ways in which social rights differ from political rights. This article examines the major points at issue in the debate. The important differences emphasized to date are those relating to costs, universality, and the correlativity of rights and duties. In each of these major areas of dispute, analysis indicates that the allegedly fundamental distinctions between social and political rights are in fact differences of degree, not of kind and, in fact, social rights conform both to the broad logic and the established practice of human rights.
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