What is the difference between negative rights and positive rights?

    1. What's the difference between negative rights and positive rights?

    2. Can negative rights co-exist?

    3. Can positive rights co-exist?

    4. Can negative rights co-exist with positive rights?

    Well it just seems like a complete answer will address all of them. I can break it up if you want but then the questions would be a little sparse and might fall under some contrived character limit.

    It may be you would get better responses at philosophy.se

    How is this unclear what it's asking (It is too broad as worded, but clear)

    positive rights are based on coercion, negative rights are based on the freedom from coercion.

  • According to Prof. Aeon Skoble

    A positive right requires others to provide you with either a good or service.

    A negative right only requires others to abstain from interfering with your actions.

    They can co-exist in this way : If we believe in negative rights, we can have positive rights as long as it is grounded in a consensual arrangement.

    Perhaps you could include some his support for the 3rd assertion, it seems non-obvious and videos and links may become unusable.

    Your third point doesn't adequately cover how positive and negative rights interact. What happens in the case where we assume the existence of a positive right? Does it mean anything for the existence of a negative right?

    The 3rd point is self evident. A consensual agreement = a contract. Legally a person can only be held to a contract if they enter into it knowingly, willingly and voluntarily. Once an individual does so he agrees to give up a negative right(s) in exchange for a positive right(s). This is the only way positive and negative rights can coexist without "violence".

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