Tim Crane is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, working in the philosophy of mind. His recent books include The Objects of Thought (2013) and Aspects of Psychologism (2014).
Tim Crane: Are you skeptical of the idea of universal human rights?
John Searle: No, I’m not skeptical about the idea of universal human rights. I’m skeptical about what I call positive rights. You see, if you look at the logical structure of rights, every right implies an obligation on someone else’s part. A right is always a right against somebody. If I have a right to park my car in your driveway, then you have an obligation not to interfere with my parking my car in your driveway.