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Consequentialist Rights: L. W. Sumner's The Moral Foundation of Rights*

  • David Copp (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2010

It is commonplace to criticize utilitarianism on the ground that it does not take moral rights seriously; that it cannot account for the rights we have, and for their role in constraining our pursuit of the overall good. Wayne Sumner does not directly address this criticism in The Moral Foundation of Rights. Instead he attempts to show that consequentialism can defeat nihilism about rights: the view that there are no moral rights at all.

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David Lyons : “Mill's Theory of Justice”, in Alvin I. Goldman and Jaegwon Kim , eds., Values and Morals (Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1978)

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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