Natural Rights

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Definition: Natural Rights

Full Definition of Natural Rights

Rights that are assumed to be available to everybody, for no other reason than they are people. Thus natural rights and human rights tend to cohere conceptually speaking (at least in theory). These days we tend to use the term ‘human rights’; however, ‘natural rights’ has a more transcendental feel about it. To have ‘natural rights’ gives the impression that these rights are inalienable, and derive from some higher power than humanity. ‘Human rights’, on the other hand, gives the impression of rights that people have decided to defend on each other’s behalf. Many supporters of Natural law jurisprudence would support the notion of natural rights, although the term itself isn’t widely used any more. Jeremy Bentham described natural rights as ‘nonsense on stilts’. Often to avoid these controversies contemporary scholars speak of “rights discourse”.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Natural Rights are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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