Summary: Economic and social sets of human rights (like political and civil rights) have been primarily defined as individual rights. John Rawls for instance deals with the problem "how a society should determine what constitutes a basic set of rights and thus constitutes justice: each of us should go behind a metaphorical veil of ignorance where we determine what we think outrights should be with no knowledge of what our actual economic standing, educational level, gender, or ethnic origin would be." (Nikolas K. Gvosdev) The individual and methodological individualism are basic assumptions of Western economic theory (Neoclassical economic theory or New Institutional Economics). ...

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