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Person, individual rights and common goods in the EU; the case of social meanings of and quot;family and quot; and individual rights


The project is a philosophical reflection on some challenges faced by the EU in realising its ideal of unity in diversity. From the perspective of political theory, it asks how a political conception of the person and related social meanings and common goods are presupposed in the definition of fundamental rights. It explores the extent to which these may legitimately give rise to different sets of individual rights between various political communities (notably, the member states). While most studies so far have usually focused on the possibility of differentiated social rights, this research will address this question with respect to civil rights. In particular, it will analyse the case of same-sex marriage as an example of a claim for an individual right that is highly related to social meanings, in this instance of gender and the family. This topic is important for evaluating the conditions of legitimacy for the exercise of political power by the EU, given its normative objectives of promoting social equality while valuing and fostering cultural diversity.

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