Law and Justice – 8.4 Debate: Are There Rights in Aristotle’s Political Constitution?
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Law and Justice – 8.4 Debate: Are There Rights in Aristotle’s Political Constitution?

October 9, 2019


>>>>Are there rights in Aristotle’s political
philosophy? It’s been a lively question and its a profound question, a difficult question,
and there’s no obvious answer. But let me pose this question to you: Are their rights
in Aristotle’s political constitution? Remember that rights can have four different incidents,
four different ways of impacting the world. They can be claims, they can be privileges,
they can be powers, and they can be immunities. And thinking in those terms, are their rights
in Aristotle’s discussion of a just constitution? Let me ask another question, though. Are there
natural rights, or what we might call human rights in Aristotle’s political philosophy?
Is there a way of protecting fundamental, individual rights in Aristotle’s political
scheme?

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