Single Idea 22812

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / C. Rights / 1. Basis of Rights]

Full Idea

Most of those who want to affirm the primacy of rights are more interested in asserting the right of freedom, and in a sense which can only be attributed to humans.

Gist of Idea

For most people the primacy of rights mainly concerns freedom


Charles Taylor (Atomism [1979], p.40)

Book Reference

'Communitarianism and Individualism', ed/tr. Avineri,S. /de-Shalit,A. [OUP 1992], p.40

A Reaction

This is probably more pronounced in North America than in Europe. It may be that without freedom a lot of the other rights are impossible.