Moral Rights and Political Freedom

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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 ...

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Overview

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 inevitable—demonstrating how such conflicts are theoretically incoherent and practically self-defeating—should go a long way toward resolving many contemporary disputes about rights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847680276
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/6/1995
  • Series: Studies in Social and Political Philosophy
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara Smith is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 What Rights Are 15
2 The Justification of Rights 31
3 The Egoism of Rights 61
4 The Failures of Deontology and Consequentialism 85
5 Teleological Rights: Purpose Through Principle 101
6 Freedom 123
7 Freedom's Nemesis: Physical Force 141
8 "Positive" Freedom 165
9 The Rights We Hold 185
Selected List of Works Consulted 211
Index 221
About the Author 225
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