What does it mean to have a right? Previous answers to this question fall into two groups: interest/benefit theories of rights and choice/will theories. This book proposes an alternative to these traditional views: the justified-constraint theory of rights, which avoids the pitfalls of earlier theories, and solves the puzzle of the relational nature of rights. The analysis shows that this theory applies without modification to past, present and future beings.
Defends an alternative both to interest/benefit theories of rights and to choice/will theories of rights
Solves the problem of the rights of past and future generations
Presents a new analysis of the nature of rights conflict
Outlines a new view on what sorts of things can have right
Shows that Hohfeldian analysis can be understood in terms of more common concepts, e.g., obligation