The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 27–43

Welfare Rights

  • James Griffin

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009899901413

Cite this article as:
Griffin, J. The Journal of Ethics (2000) 4: 27. doi:10.1023/A:1009899901413


The article tries to qualify the contentious issue of whetherthere is a human right to welfare. Our notion of human rightsis practically without criteria for distinguishing between whenit is used correctly and when incorrectly. The first step inany satisfactory resolution of the issue about welfare rightsis to supply duly determinate criteria. I then consider thechief reasons for doubting that there is a human right towelfare, in the light of what seem to be, all things considered,the best criteria to attach to the notion of a human right.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Griffin
    • 1
  1. 1.Corpus Christi CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxford