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On the Spirit of Rights

Dan Edelstein


This book argues that the history of human rights can be meaningfully extended from the present all the way back to the late medieval period. It further claims that the key question up until the Age of Revolutions was not whether or not all individuals possessed rights, but rather what happens to our rights when we enter into a political society. Our contemporary rights regime holds that we preserve human rights under all conditions. But in the period between the Wars of Religion and the late Enlightenment, most theorists argued that we had to either give up our rights, or transfer them to gov ... More

Keywords: human rights, French Revolution, social naturalism, natural law, natural rights, natural constitutionalism, Enlightenment, American Revolution, Physiocracy, Declaration of rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226588988
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226589039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Edelstein, author
Stanford University