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This book discusses problems of conceptual analysis as well as normative issues of vital contemporary concern.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780138172541
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/14/1997
  • Series: Foundations of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

The Concept of Freedom.

Freedom and Constraint.

Freedom from...and Freedom to...Whose Freedom— “Positive and Negative Freedom.”


Freedom and Autonomy.

Permission and Ability.

Freedom on Balance.

Grounds for Coercion.

Presumptive Case for Liberty.

Anarchistic Principle.

Formalistic Principle.

Concept of Harm.

Lines of Attack on Mill.

Hard Cases for the Harm Principle.

Morals Offenses and Legal Moralism.

Obscenity and the Offense Principle.

Legal Paternalism.

Collective Goods and Collective Action.

Legal Rights.

Rights, Liberties, and Privileges.

Classification of Claim-Rights.

Rights and Duties.

Rights and Claims.

Levels of Generality in Statements of Rights.

Apparent Conflicts Between Valid Claims.

“Prima-Facie Rights.”

Personal and Property Rights.

Concept of an Absolute Constitutional Right.

Human Rights.

Moral Rights.

Conceptions of Human Rights.

Grounds for Ultimate Equality.

Absolute and Non-Absolute Human Rights.

Social Justice.

Comparative and Non-Comparative Justice.

Formal Principle of Comparative Justice.


Administration and Legislation of General Rules.

Economic Income.

Rival Material Principles.

Fair Procedures and Just Outcomes.

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