An Introduction to Rights

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 8, 2004 - Philosophy - 223 pages
This is the only accessible and readable introduction to the history, logic, moral implications, and political tendencies of the idea of rights. It is organized chronologically, and discusses important events, such as the French Revolution. As an undergraduate text it is well-suited to introductions to political philosophy, moral philosophy, and ethics. It could also be used in courses on political theory in departments of political science and government, and in courses on legal theory in law schools.
 

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A pleasingly through, yet accessible, overview of the sundry philosophical justifications for the idea of a "right." The author points out the strengths and weaknesses of each school or tradition, but ... Read full review

Contents

The Prehistory of Rights
3
The Rights of Man The Enlightenment
15
Mischievous Nonsense?
41
The Nineteenth Century Consolidation and Retrenchment
61
The Conceptual Neighborhood of Rights Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld
87
The Second Expansionary Era
103
The Universal Declaration and a Revolt Against Utilitarianism
105
The Nature of Rights Choice Theory and Interest Theory
119
The Pressure of Consequentialism
143
What Is Interference?
161
The Future of Rights
173
Conclusion
193
Bibliographical Notes
197
References
203
Index
211
Copyright

A Right to Do Wrong? Two Conceptions of Moral Rights
133

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