2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

PHI 302 The Philosophy of Rights

3 hours 

This course will explore a number of philosophical issues regarding the nature, content and scope of rights. Fundamental issues include what is meant by the notion of a right, how rights are justified and what sorts of rights we have (negative and/or positive). Other issues will also be explored including whether all humans have rights, whether the scope of rights encompasses animals and ecosystems in addition to humans, and whether rights exist for groups as well as individuals.




ENG 201, any 200-level Philosophy (PHI) course, and junior standing or above


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Justice in Global Perspective (300-level) area of the Gen Ed program.