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On the Philosophical Issues of Implementing Social Rights

(Original title: K filozofickým otázkam presadzovania sociálnych práv)
Filozofia, 2020, vol. 75, No 7, pp. 555 – 568.
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Abstract

The issue of human rights and especially social rights is one of the most complex, intricate, and, at the same time, one of the most common topics of contemporary philosophy. It brings forward traditional philosophical themes of justice and equality, questions of bridging the moral and legal aspects of providing equal opportunities for everyone. The diversity of philosophical underpinnings of social rights allows theorists to grasp the issue from different perspectives and to introduce readers to the possibilities of accepting social rights such as the recognition of human dignity, equal opportunities, and equal chances in life. Social rights provide a way of restoring justice and opportunities for those who would not otherwise have it at all. In principle, however, it does not decide how social rights are designed, but how they are implemented and whether they are enforceable, ie, how the system of social services is set up in a state and what approaches states choose in implementing social rights and whether these adequately provide social guarantees for human existence, dignity, life, equal opportunities and prevention of social exclusion.

Keywords

Dignity of human existence, Equality, Human rights, Justice, Social rights