Rights

Negative vs positive rights

Owing to the relative easiness of causing harm, common-sense morality, which has presumably evolved to enable (smaller) groups of around 100 humans to live together in ways that promote the survival and reproduction of the group overall, places more stress on not causing harm than on doing good. This stress on not causing harm takes, we propose, the form of a doctrine of negative rights…

- Persson and Savalescu, Unfit for the Future

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