Readership: Scholars and research students of legal theory and moral and political philosophy, scholars of human rights.
Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Fellow and Tutor in Law, Mansfield College, Oxford
"Legal Rights contains a valuable survey of, and makes a distinct contribution to ongoing debates on the nature of law and legal rights and the role of legal theory. The author regards law as an interpretative system of practical reasoning. He explains legal rights primarily in terms of their social role as public reasons that justify complex legal relations including "clusters" of claims, liberties, powers and immunities. Property rights then are explained as fundamentally social...complex normative relations...among persons in their possession and use of things. Finally the author argues for a Kantian "will theory" of rights, moral and legal, that regards rights as conditions for individuals' freedom and responsible agency. Legal Rights makes important
contributions to both legal and political philosophy."
"In Legal Rights, Pavlos Eleftheriadis provides a novel and powerful argument for the relevance of normative political philosophy to the understanding of legal concepts. Eleftheriadis develops an account of the way rights figure as premises in legal argument, which both accounts for the priority attached to them and the ways in which they are subject to mutual adjustment in light of other rights. In so doing he overcomes the standard division between "interest" and "will" theories, and shows that conceptual debates about the concept of a right presuppose normative arguments about each citizen's most basic entitlement to freedom." - Arthur Ripstein, Prof of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto
"...an exciting, erudite and original book with a grand, sweeping argument...It is exhilarating to read a sharp, synthesising author at work on such a broad, sustained argument" - Rowan Cruft, Law and Philosophy Journal
1: History and Theory
2: Descriptions and Constructions
3: The Practical Argument
4: Rights in law
5: Obligation and Permission
6: Legal Relations
7: The Right to Property
8: Freedom through Law
9: Rights in Deliberation