By Richard Dagger
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Perhaps, the critic might say, some people have a right to liberty—masters, let us call them—while others, whom we shall call slaves, have only those special rights that the masters choose to confer on them. This move would allow the critic to acknowledge that special rights do exist and that they do presuppose a fundamental right to be free, but this fundamental right, from the critic's point of view, would belong only to the masters. In this interpretation, the right to be free is not a human right at all, for it is the right of only some persons, not all.
6 Yet in two respects the conditional nature of Hart's argument actually lends it power. The first is that Hart's analysis helps to explain how we can confer rights on another, as we do when we make promises. What, after all, gives us the right to give rights to others? If we say that the institution of promising itself rests on a more fundamental contract or convention into which we tacitly or hypothetically enter, we must then ask what gives us the right to confer, through this convention, rights upon others.
The connection is probably clearest in the works of Rousseau, who inspired Immanuel Kant, the philosopher most often identified with the distinction between autonomy and heteronomy. In Emile, Rousseau draws a distinction between two sorts of dependence: dependence on things, which is from nature; and dependence on men, which is from society. Dependence on things, since it has no morality, is in no way detrimental to freedom and engenders no vices. Dependence on men, since it is without order, engenders all the vices, and by it, master and slave are mutually corrupted.
Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism (Oxford Political Theory) by Richard Dagger