Date of Award
Candidate in Philosophy
Andrew J. Cohen
Human rights are commonly taken to include both behavioral freedoms, such as a right to express opinions, and safeguards against the behaviors of others, such as a right not to be tortured. I examine the claim by Allen Buchanan and others that democracy should be considered a human right. I discuss what human rights are, what they do, and what they obligate moral agents to do, comparing this framework to attributes of democracy. I conclude that while democracy itself is both too nebulous and too specific to be the subject of a human right, it may be proper to speak of a human right to state self-determination.
Geever-Ostrowsky, Jodi Ann, "Considering a Human Right to Democracy" (2011). Philosophy Theses. Paper 87.