Rights

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What are rights? What rights do we have? Why do we have them? What difference does having rights make? These are some of the questions that this book tries to answer. It analyses the conceptual intricacies of rights and examines the special role that rights perform in our moral and political thinking, and how theories which give fundamental significance to rights contrast with other sorts of moral and political theories. Peter Jones gives special attention to natural rights and human rights - to what sorts of ...

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Overview

What are rights? What rights do we have? Why do we have them? What difference does having rights make? These are some of the questions that this book tries to answer. It analyses the conceptual intricacies of rights and examines the special role that rights perform in our moral and political thinking, and how theories which give fundamental significance to rights contrast with other sorts of moral and political theories. Peter Jones gives special attention to natural rights and human rights - to what sorts of rights those are, to how they might be justified, and to what natural and human rights demand of governments both nationally and internationally. He also looks at rights as they relate to freedom, to material needs and to democracy, and concludes by examining the status that rights should have in our moral and political thinking, the problems posed by cultural diversity for the doctrine of human rights, and the ways in which political systems might provide for rights.

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An introduction for students of ethics, law, politics, and international law to the conceptual intricacies of rights and how the theories that give them a fundamental significance contrast with other kinds of moral and political theories. Special attention goes to natural rights and human rights: what they are, how they might be justified, and what they demand of governments. Includes a bibliographic essay. Printed on acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312124038
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Forms of Right 12
Claim-rights 14
Liberty-rights 17
Powers 22
Immunities 24
2 Benefits, Choices and Titles 26
Rights as benefits 26
Rights as choices 32
Rights as titles 36
Rights and sanctions 39
3 The Morality of Rights 45
Moral rights 45
Rights and utility 50
Rights-based theories 56
Rights and goal-based theories 58
Social goals and goal-based rights 65
Who or what has rights? 67
4 Natural Rights and Human Rights 72
Natural rights 72
Human rights 81
The content of human rights 82
Human rights and the rights of citizens 86
Scepticism about human rights 90
Human rights and ideal rights 92
5 Justifying Human Rights 94
Natural law and human rights 96
Self-evidence 96
Human rights and human worth 98
Rights and moral agency 99
Contract and rights 101
Self-ownership 107
Rights and goods 111
Consequentialism and rights 115
Monist and pluralist justifications 117
6 Freedom, Autonomy and Rights 120
The right to personal liberty 122
Autonomy 124
Kantian conceptions of autonomy 127
Autonomy and human well-being 129
Neutralism and perfectionism 132
Autonomy as an instrumental value 134
Rights to specific freedoms 135
How much freedom? 138
Rights and obstacles to freedom 142
7 Socioeconomic Rights 146
Needs and rights 148
Human needs and human rights 157
Human rights or citizens' rights? 165
Rights and distributive justice 169
8 Democracy, Groups and Rights 172
Democratic and non-democratic rights 173
Three other links 176
Is there a right to democracy? 177
Group rights 182
Popular sovereignty and democratic rights 187
9 Some Doubts and Difficulties 190
The status of rights 190
Conditional rights 194
Prima facie rights 195
Rights versus rights 198
Are there absolute rights? 202
A right to do wrong? 204
The limits of a morality of rights 207
Individualism, egoism and community 209
Human rights and cultural diversity 213
Conclusion 221
Notes 228
Guide to Further Reading 237
Bibliography 240
Index 252
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