A Theory of the “Rights” Concept

Authors

  • James A. Montanye Independent Scholar

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v23i1.28988

Keywords:

rights, duties, entitlements, property rights, prosperity, equality

Abstract

This essay examines the evolutionary development of the “rights” concept. It argues that the concept is both relatively recent and fundamentally economic rather than abstractly philosophical. The essay is unique, not only in its explication of the concept, but also in the use of ngram data (i.e., the changing relative frequency of published words and phrases) to visualize the correspondence between the evolving rights concept and growing aggregate prosperity.

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Published

2015-11-23

How to Cite

Montanye, J. (2015). A Theory of the “Rights” Concept. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 23(1), 65–91. https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v23i1.28988

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