Any Empirical Proof For Natural Rights?
I support human rights from a utilitarian perspective, though I don’t like that I have to. There’s something unnerving about human rights not actually existing in nature. I’ve read some philosophy about natural rights, and I just don’t buy it.
For example, Murray Rothbard claimed that people have the natural right to self-ownership by virtue of them being able to control their body. The problem is, there’s nothing in nature that legitimizes the logical leap from “control” to “right to stay in control.” That leap has to be done by us when we enshrine protections for human rights into our institutions. Human rights just don’t seem to exist in nature.
Without invoking religion, does anyone have any arguments to the contrary?
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