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Why Do We Need Human Rights? (28): Protection, or Something More?

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philosophy / why do we need human rights

The standard answer to this question is protection: human rights offer people protection against other people or the state. People need rights because they want to protect their interests, their freedom, their equal status, their opportunities, their values and their projects in life against attacks by those more powerful. (There’s a more elaborate version of this standard thesis here). However, there’s a sense in which we need rights even if no one harms anyone else. […]