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What Are Rights?

Gloria Alvarez, Gregory Salmieri

Presented at: Exploring Objectivism with Gloria Álvarez

Date: Mar 31, 2020

In this episode, Gloria Álvarez interviews philosopher Gregory Salmieri and explores some of the concepts he discusses in his book (co-edited with Robert Mayhew) Foundations of a Free Society: Reflections on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy. They talk about the nature of rights, how to identify legitimate rights versus pseudo-rights, and why the right to life is the only fundamental right. Salmieri explains the principle of self-defense and why limited government is necessary to safeguard individual rights. They also discuss rights and abortion, Ayn Rand’s trader principle, markets and the exchange of ideas, the relationship between moral principles and rights, as well as other topics.

philosophy of lawpoliticsrights

Parts: 1

Handout: none