Article ID: CBB558913053

Seneca on Human Rights in De Beneficiis 3 (2021)

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The paper discusses Seneca’s phrase ‘human rights’ (ius humanum) in On Benefits 3 and relates the passage to recent debates about human rights in Stoicism and ancient philosophy. I argue that the Latin phrase refers either to rights or to a law conferring rights. The difference between the passage and a common expectation for human rights lies in the kind of relation between right and duty. In Seneca’s passage the right does not in itself have a correlative duty on the part of other people, and yet it does, if exercised through benefactions, create a duty in others. By contrast, the relation between right and duty is usually expected to be unconditional.

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Authors & Contributors
Strange, Steven K.
Zupko, Jack
Gourinat, Jean-Baptiste
Sedley, David N.
Brunschwig, Jacques
Papaziana, Michael
Journals
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
History and Philosophy of Logic
Apeiron
American Journal of Philology
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Technai, An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
University of California Press
Steiner
Brill
Indiana University
Presses Universitaires de Liège
Concepts
Stoicism
Philosophy
Logic
Medicine
Mathematics
Ethics
People
Plato
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Chrysippos of Cnidos
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Anaxagoras of Clazomenae
Socrates
Time Periods
Ancient
Places
Greece
Roman Empire
Rome
Roman Republic
Spain
Palestine
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