My Rights, Your Wrongs: Nigel Biggar’s Misguided Attack on “Human Rights Fundamentalism”

For a lawyer it’s a vicar’s egg of a book – the parts look great, but those are the parts I’m least qualified to judge, as the author is a Christian and a professional ethicist and I’m not than one of them.

The title-What’s wrong with rights?– is not excellent. As the author acknowledged in an illuminating webinar hosted by the Policy Exchange think tank, there are many things that are right about rights, as long as they fit into his paradigm: a legal right, owned by an individual or corporation and designed to secure an important element of authority-backed human or business flourishing. Nigel Biggar, who teaches theology at Oxford, wrote this book because he believes there are four things wrong with the way some people talk about rights. (These will sound good in political circles where there is currently a fuss to reduce the human…

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