How can we know for sure what rights people have? Do rights exist at all? If so, how do we demonstrate that? Do we even need the idea of rights in order to defend libertarianism? Libertarian theorist Frank van Dun joins us to sort this all out!
- What rights do individuals have?
- How do we know they have these rights and no others?
- Do animals have rights?
- What’s wrong with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
- Why isn’t there a “right to a pension” or a “right to a paid vacation”?
- Is there such a thing as natural law?
- If so, what can it teach us?
- Isn’t utilitarianism just as good a grounding for libertarianism?
About the Guest
Frank van Dun is a Belgian law philosopher and natural law theorist. He is a senior lecturer in the philosophy of law at the University of Ghent.
“Human Dignity: Reason or Desire: Natural Rights versus Human Rights”
“Natural Law: A Logical Analysis”
“Argumentation Ethics and the Philosophy of Freedom”
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