Indivisibility and linkage arguments: A reply to gilabert

James W. Nickel

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This reply discusses Pablo Gilabert's response to my article, "Rethinking Indivisibility." It welcomes his distinction between conceptual, normative, epistemic, and causal forms of support from one right to another. It denies, however, that "Rethinking Indivisibility" downplayed linkage arguments for human rights (although it did call for careful evaluation of such arguments), and rejects Gilabert's suggestion that we understand the indivisibility of two rights as two rights being highly useful to each other (interdependence) rather than as mutual indispensability. In the final section, I offer two new worries about the system-wide indivisibility of human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-446
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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