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Rights and Reason

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ISBN13: 9780792361985
ISBN: 0792361989
Published: May 2000
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This collection of essays honours the eminent rights theorist, Carl Wellman, on the occasion of his retirement. Stimulated by Wellman's extensive writings on rights, the essays address such topics as the grounding of rights, the universality of rights, conflict among legal rights, the nature of political rights, the care-based presuppositions of rights, the misuse of rights talk, the connection between rights and religion, and the rights of cultural minorities, as well as related issues concerning the foundations of morality and the nature of justice. Contributors include: Alice Erh-Soon Tay, Joel Feinberg, James Griffin, P.M.S. Hacker, Virginia Held, Hermann Klenner, Neil MacCormick, Rex Martin, Diana Meyers, Gerald Postema, Joseph Raz, L. Wayne Sumner, G.H. Von Wright, and Jeremy Waldron, with an introduction by Christopher Wellman. The work is aimed at researchers, scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of philosophy, law, human rights and political theory.

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1. Introduction; C. Wellman.
2. Criteria and the Egocentric Predicament Revisited; P.M.S. Hacker.
3. Rights, Interests, and Free Speech; L.W. Sumner.
4. Votes as Powers; J. Waldron.
5. Rights and the Presumption of Care; V. Held.
6. On the Universality of Moral Justification; G.J. Postema.
7. Rights in Conflict; J. Griffin.
8. Human Rights and Wrongs; A. Erh-Soon Tay.
9. Wrongs and Duties; N. MacCormick.
10. Cultural Diversity: Rights, Goals, and Competing Values; D.T. Meyers.
11. Right-Based Moralities; J. Raz.
12. The Essential Indeterminacy of Rawls's Difference Principle; R. Martin.
13. Justice and Personal Desert; J. Feinberg.
14. In Defence of Psychology; G. Henrik von Wright.
15. Religion and Right in Marx; H. Klenner.
16. Name Index.