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An Introduction to Rights

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107648197

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  • An Introduction to Rights is a readable and accessible introduction to the history, logic, moral implications, and political tendencies of the idea of rights. It is organized chronologically and discusses important historical events such as the French and American Revolutions. It treats a range of historical figures, including Grotius, Paley, Hobbes, Locke, Bentham, Burke, Godwin, Douglass, Mill, and Hohfeld, and relates the concept of rights to contemporary debates such as consequentialism versus contractualism. This thoroughly updated second edition includes a new preface and expands the discussion of the surprising role that slavery has played in the history of rights. It includes new material on egalitarianism, distributive justice, and what the demand for equal rights means.

    • Thoroughly revised second edition including a new preface
    • Includes new material on egalitarianism, distributive justice and what the demand for equal rights means
    • Expands the discussion of the surprising role that slavery has played in the history of rights
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107648197
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Human rights-Human wrongs
    • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Author

    William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University
    William A. Edmundson is Regents' Professor of Law and of Philosophy at Georgia State University. He is the author of Three Anarchical Fallacies and is co-editor of The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory.

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