Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Second edition) / Edition 2

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Overview

Which human rights ought to be the first honored and the last sacrificed? In the first systematic attempt by an American philosopher to address the issue of human rights as it relates to U.S. foreign policy, Henry Shue proposes an original conception of basic rights that illuminates both the nature of moral rights generally and the determination of which specific rights are the basic ones.

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Editorial Reviews

Human Rights Quarterly
This is one of the strongest arguments for an economic human right that I have found to date.
Commonweal Former Congressman Father Robert F. Drinan
With unrelenting logic Shue recommends that American law be broadened to require the termination of aid not merely to those governments that engage in shocking and outrageous conduct but to those countries indifferent to the rights of their citizens to food, shelter, and health care. . . . Shue has written the classical statement affirming that the rich nations are required by justice and by international law to share their abundance with those millions who are chronically malnourished.
Human Rights Quarterly Carl Wellman

This is one of the strongest arguments for an economic human right that I have found to date.
Former Congressman, Father; Commonweal - Robert F. Drinan
With unrelenting logic Shue recommends that American law be broadened to require the termination of aid not merely to those governments that engage in shocking and outrageous conduct but to those countries indifferent to the rights of their citizens to food, shelter, and health care. . . . Shue has written the classical statement affirming that the rich nations are required by justice and by international law to share their abundance with those millions who are chronically malnourished.
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"With unrelenting logic Shue recommends that American law be broadened to require the termination of aid not merely to those governments that engage in shocking and outrageous conduct but to those countries indifferent to the rights of their citizens to food, shelter, and health care. . . . Shue has written the classical statement affirming that the rich nations are required by justice and by international law to share their abundance with those millions who are chronically malnourished."—Former Congressman Father Robert F. Drinan, Commonweal

"This is one of the strongest arguments for an economic human right that I have found to date."—Carl Wellman, Human Rights Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691029290
  • Publisher: Center for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Foreword
Introduction 5
I Three Basic Rights 11
1 Security and Subsistence 13
2 Correlative Duties 35
3 Liberty 65
II Three Challenges to Subsistence Rights 89
4 Realism and Responsibility 91
5 Affluence and Responsibility 111
6 Nationality and Responsibility 131
Afterword: Right-grounded Duties and the International Turn 153
Notes 181
Bibliography 229
Index 231
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