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Single Idea 4693

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 4. Legal Rights / a. Basis of rights]

Full Idea

There are rights to non-interference (and their corresponding "negative duties"), and the rights to goods and services (with corresponding "positivie duties"). Interference usually needs more justification than withholding goods.

Gist of Idea

The right of non-interference (with a 'negative duty'), and the right to goods/services ('positive')


Philippa Foot (Killing and Letting Die [1985], p.82)

Book Reference

Foot,Philippa: 'Moral Dilemmas' [OUP 2002], p.82

A Reaction

This invites the question of which is the stronger, and whether paternalism can overrule non-interference, or an expectation of self-sufficiency overrule the positive rights.