Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community

Paperback | May 1, 1994

byLoren E. Lomasky

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This book provides a complete and convincing account of what rights we do and do not have, who has them, and why. Presenting the foundations of a liberal, individualistic theory of rights, Lomasky explains the place of rights within the overall structure of morality, arguing for the moralimportance of individual commitments to and pursuit of "projects." After developing his theory of basic rights, Lomasky demonstrates its implications for a variety of problems and issues, including property rights, the rights of children, and the status of the unborn, defective persons, animals,and even the dead. Arguing for a fundamental reshaping of philosophical ethics, Lomasky develops a credible alternative to currently fashionable views.

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This book provides a complete and convincing account of what rights we do and do not have, who has them, and why. Presenting the foundations of a liberal, individualistic theory of rights, Lomasky explains the place of rights within the overall structure of morality, arguing for the moralimportance of individual commitments to and purs...

Loren E. Lomasky is at University of Minnesota, Duluth.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.79 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195064747

ISBN - 13:9780195064742

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"Carefully crafted and skillfully executed. The range of issues it discusses is impressive; and its assessments of a variety of positions in contemporary moral philosophy are insightful."--Nous