What exactly is a “right”?

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. There are many different kinds of rights. Epistemic, political, moral, and so-forth. The most common sort of rights-talk is political. Rights in this sense are (only) things that happen between people. I give some analysis of what this sort of right amounts to here:



  2. Well, my (probably unpopular) view is that it is fundamentally whatever you can do, which, of course, becomes limited by a variety of things.


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