Collins, S. (2016). The claims and duties of socioeconomic human rights. The Philosophical Quarterly,66(265), 701-722. United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqw010
A standard objection to socioeconomic human rights is that they are not claimable as human rights: their correlative duties are not owed to each human, independently of specific institutional arrangements, in an enforceable manner. I consider recent responses to this ‘claimability objection’, and argue that none succeeds. There are no human rights to socioeconomic goods. But all is not lost: there are, I suggest, human rights to ‘socioeconomic consideration’. I propose a detailed structure for these rights and their correlative duties, while remaining neutral on substantive moral debates. I argue that socioeconomic-consideration human rights are satisfactorily claimable and sufficiently practical.
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