Title

Rights, Claimants, and Beneficiaries

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-1969

ISSN

2152-1123

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

To have a right, Bentham held, is to be the beneficiary of another's duty or obligation. This theory, one of the more attractive and plausible suggestions about the nature of rights, appears supported by innumerable cases. It is reflected in the notion common to laymen, lawyers, and philosophers that someone with a right is on the advantageous side of a legal or moral relation. It promises to explain why rights are such valuable and important commodities. And it seems bolstered by a variety of facts, for example that compensation or reparation is often required, and might always be required, when one's rights are violated or infringed.

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