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Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry

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2019.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Margaret Gilbert, Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry, Oxford University Press, 2018, 369pp., $54.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198813767. Reviewed by Gopal Sreenivasan, Duke University This is an excellent book, rich, rewarding, and ambitious. Margaret Gilbert treats a wide range of topics not often considered together: rights, promising, agreements, and joint commitment. Indeed, according to the theory of rights she advances, a proper understanding of rights (or at least, of a central class of rights) actually depends on weaving these topics together. All are topics on which Gilbert has published extensively before.[1] I shall concentrate on Gilbert's analysis of rights, the central and novel thread in this book. My focus will be her exposition of what she calls the 'demand-right problem' (79) together with her solution. Demand-rights are the central class of rights that... Read More

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