The language of rights

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ida2

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Persian - Iran
Hello,

In the following context, what does “The language of rights” mean?

To explain their positions on ethical issues, people often appeal to rights, such as a “right to die” or a “right to health care.” To philosophers, rights are justified claims that a person can make on others or on society. The language of rights is widespread in US culture, yet appeals to rights are often controversial.

Source: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians by Bernard Lo
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    The language of rights -> the special constructions, phrases, words, meanings, etc., i.e. the sociolect, of those who speak about rights.
     

    se16teddy

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    English - England
    Or more widely the concept that laws should not only forbid specific acts (such as thou shalt not kill), but should also be worded to protect people's freedom to do other acts (such as a right to free speech), or should guarantee people's access to certain things (such as the right to unpolluted air, basic healthcare, or a home).
     
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