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Social Theory and Practice

Volume 43, Issue 3, July 2017

Ben Bryan
Pages 569-587
DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract20178314

The Conventionalist Challenge to Natural Rights Theory

Call the conventionalist challenge to natural rights theory the claim that natural rights theory fails to capture the fact that moral rights are shaped by social and legal convention. While the conventionalist challenge is a natural concern, it is less than clear what this challenge amounts to. This paper aims to develop a clear formulation strong enough to put pressure on the natural rights theorist and precise enough to clarify what an adequate response would require.

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