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An Introduction to Rights By William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)

An Introduction to Rights
by William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)

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This is the only accessible and readable introduction to the history, logic, moral implications, and political tendencies of the idea of rights. It is organized chronologically, and discusses important events, such as the French Revolution.
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An Introduction to Rights by William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)

Rights come in various types - human, moral, civil, political and legal - and claims about who has a right, and to what, are often contested. What are rights? Are they timeless and universal, or merely conventional? How are they related to other morally significant values, such as well-being, autonomy, and community? Can animals have rights? Or fetuses? Do we have a right to do as we please so long as we do not harm others? This is the only accessible and readable introduction to the history, logic, moral implications, and political tendencies of the idea of rights. It is organized chronologically and discusses important events, such as the French Revolution. As an undergraduate text it is well-suited to introductions to political philosophy, moral philosophy, and ethics. It could also be used in courses on political theory in departments of political science and government, and in courses on legal theory in law schools.

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'The book is also a model text for students. The style is accessible and engaging, the analysis and arguments are sophisticated, and the text itself is clearly written and uncluttered by notes.' Journal of Utilities
'This book will be of interest to persons working in legal theory and in political philosophy in universities and colleges.' Journal of Utilities
"[A]n outstanding comprehensive introduction to the subject of rights. Edmundson is a leading philosopher of law and has much that is both new and important to say about the history and theory of rights." Kenneth Einar Himma, Seattle Pacific University, The Law and Politics Book Review
"Engaging and easy to follow. This volume would make a good companion text for undergraduate and graduate courses in political and legal theory." Choice

Table of Contents


Part I. The First Expansionary Era: 1. The prehistory of rights; 2. The rights of man: The Enlightenment; 3. 'Mischievous nonsense'?; 4. The nineteenth century: Consolidation and retrenchment; 5. The conceptual neighborhood of rights: Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld; Part II. The Second Expansionary Era: 6. The universal declaration and a revolt against utilitarianism; 7. The nature of rights: 'choice' theory and 'interest' theory; 8. A right to do wrong? Two conceptions of moral rights; 9. The pressure of consequentialism; 10. What is interference?; 11. The future of rights; 12. Conclusion.

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GOR002812000
An Introduction to Rights by William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)
William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)
Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2004-03-08
240
0521008700
9780521008709
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