The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 27-43

First online:

Welfare Rights

  • James GriffinAffiliated withCorpus Christi College, University of Oxford

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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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