This paper argues that the typical theory of human rights is both defective and misleading. It is misleading insofar as the rights that these theories generate are not the powerful moral swords and shields that their advocates take them to be. It is defective insofar as it fails to confront the chief sources of trouble for theories of rights. In sum, rights do not have the finality in human affairs that is often claimed for them.
Bedau, Hugo Adam
"The Precarious Sovereignty of Rights,"
Philosophic Exchange: Vol. 27
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol27/iss1/1