Autonomy and Rights: The Moral Foundations of Liberalism

Paperback | January 31, 2008

byHoracio Spector

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Moral and political theorists who espouse egalitarianism and Marxism tend to assume that it is extremely hard, if not impossible, to put forward an original and plausible moral justification of classical liberalism. Horacio Spector is concerned to build just such a justification. Hereconstructs and then criticizes a familiar approach to the moral foundations of classical liberalism which rests on the maximization of negative freedom, and then frames an alternative theory centered in the obligation to protect positive freedom. In so doing, he parts company not only withutilitarianism and contractarianism, but also with the theory of natural rights. Among the topics he discusses are the concepts of negative and positive freedom, the notion of a moral right, the connection between positive freedom and personal autonomy, the axiological uniqueness of each humanbeing, and the agent-relativity of moral reasons.

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Moral and political theorists who espouse egalitarianism and Marxism tend to assume that it is extremely hard, if not impossible, to put forward an original and plausible moral justification of classical liberalism. Horacio Spector is concerned to build just such a justification. Hereconstructs and then criticizes a familiar approach...

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Moral and political theorists who espouse Egalitarianism and Marxism tend to assume that it is extremely hard, if not impossible, to put forward an original and plausible moral justification of classical liberalism. Professor Spector is concerned to build just such a justification. He reconstructs and then criticizes a familiar approac...

Horacio Spector is the Dean of the Law School at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.53 inPublished:January 31, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199533628

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Introduction1. Negative Liberalism2. The Instability of Negative Liberalism3. Bases for a New Approach4. Acts and Omissions5. Personal SeparatenessConclusionReferencesIndex

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`Professor Spector's aim is to justify classical liberalism; he goes about it in a way that turns upside-down many of our preconceptions. . . . If your idea of good philosophy is lots of nice, careful arguments meshing together to support an interesting position, then you will be able toappreciate this excellent book.'Ethics