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dc.contributor.authorLong, Alexander George
dc.identifier.citationLong , A G 2021 , ' Seneca on human rights in De beneficiis 3 ' , Apeiron , vol. 54 , no. 2 , pp. 189-201 .
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dc.description.abstractThe 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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dc.subjectHuman rightsen
dc.subjectPA Classical philologyen
dc.titleSeneca on human rights in De beneficiis 3en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Classicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for the Literatures of the Roman Empireen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for the Study of Ancient Systems of Knowledgeen
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