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Before we can begin any debate on the above question it is vital to first briefly define the terminology used so as to lay a foundation upon which we can build our arguments Definitions Firstly what are rights The construction of rights involves three components namely a subject an object and a content The subject or right-holder is identified as the agents that holds the right On the other hand there must be an object or duty-bearer who is identified as the agents who may owe a certain duty to the subject Finally the content indicates the action or in certain cases the omission of an action that must be executed by either the subject the object or both For example if one has a the right to free speech the subject is the agent that is allowed to speak freely the object is the agent that has a duty not to silence the subject and the content is the action of speaking freely For the benefit of further debate it is also useful to distinguish between two types of rights namely positive and negative rights Positive rights also known as claim-rights are rights whose content is an action or set of actions that the object owes the subject and therefore the subject can expect from the object For instance a right to getting back a pen one has lent to a friend is a positive right Alternatively negative rights or liberty rights is an action or set of action that the subject does not have to do and the object has the duty not to force the subject to do it An example will be ones right to liberty one is free to not raw beef and no one should be allowed to force the subject to eat raw beef Moving on the idea of compossibility was coined by Steiner 1994 meaning to exist simultaneously without conflict A system
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