Res Publica 18 (4):321-331 (2012)

Siegfried Van Duffel
Nazarbayev University
Nicholas Vrousalis has aimed to recast an old objection to the will theory of rights by focusing on Hillel Steiner’s version of that theory. He has argued that Will Theory must either be insensitive to the (values of the) lives of the unempowerable, or be incomplete, because it has no argumentative resources within its conceptual apparatus to ascribe or justify restrictions on the amount of discretion exercised by legal officials. I show that both charges are problematic. They rely on some of Steiner’s inferences which are simply unjustified because they are based on misinterpretations of the logic of Hohfeld’s terminology. The problem for Vrousalis is that his critique takes for granted some of these flawed arguments. The critique is also misdirected to the extent that it assumes that the problems with Steiner’s theory affect Will Theory in general
Keywords Theories of rights  Legal rights  Moral rights  Hillel Steiner  Nicholas Vrousalis  Hohfeld  Analysis of rights
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-012-9193-3
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