Tara Smith is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin.
Moral Rights and Political Freedomby Tara Smith
Seeking a way out of today's bewildering rush of rights claims, Tara Smith's "Moral Rights and Political Freedom" offers a systematic account of the nature and foundations of rights. The book carefully elucidates what political freedom is and demonstrates why it should be protected by rights. Smith's thesis is that rights are teleological: respect for freedom is necessary for individuals' flourishing or "eudaimonia." Smith illustrates how many alleged rights would actually undermine that objective. Her decisive refutation of the assumption that conflicts between rights are inevitabledemonstrating how such conflicts are theoretically incoherent and practically self-defeatingshould go a long way toward resolving many contemporary disputes about rights.
Author Biography: Tara Smith is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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- Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
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- 6.36(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.73(d)
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