In What’s wrong with rights? (OUP, 2020) Nigel Biggar addresses questions about the legitimacy of ‘rights’-talk in its various forms—natural, moral, legal, universal, and absolute. He concludes that such talk obscures the importance of fostering civic virtue, corrodes military effectiveness, subverts the democratic legitimacy of law, proliferates publicly onerous rights, and undermines its own authority and credibility (see the complete description here). In response, Biggar urges the rejection of ‘right-fundamentalism’ and the promotion of public ethical discourse that is not shy of speaking about the duties and virtues of legal rights-holders.
This page will track the engagement with Biggar’s book through reviews and comments published in magazines, news media, and other sources available to the public.
- Richard Harris (House of Lords) offered a response to John Gray's review in the New Statesman here.
20 January 2021, Canopy Forum: "Nigel Biggar, What's Wrong with Rights?" by David Little (web site)