This volume brings together a wide-ranging collection of the papers written by Jeremy Waldron, one of the most internationally highly-respected political theorists writing today. The main focus of the collection is on substantive issues in modern political philosophy. The first six chapters deal with freedom, toleration, and neutrality and argue for a robust conception of liberty. Waldron defends the idea that people have a right to act in ways others disapprove of, and that the state should be neutral vis-a-vis religious and ethical systems. The chapters that follow are concerned with socio-economic rights. Waldron argues that poverty and homelessness are not to be understood apart from the value of freedom. On the contrary our moral response to them should be based on the same values that underlie traditional liberal philosophy. The volume is a tribute to the resources and unity of the liberal political tradition.
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- Date Published: March 1993
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521436175
- length: 496 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 150 x 30 mm
- weight: 0.75kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: 'Liberal rights: two sides of the coin'
2. Theoretical foundations of liberalism
3. A right to do wrong
4. Locke, toleration and the rationality of persecution
5. Mill and the value of moral distress
6. Religion and the imagination in a global community: a discussion of the Salmon Rushdie affair
7. Legislation and moral neutrality
8. Particular values and critical morality
9. Rights in conflict
10. Welfare and the images of charity
11. John Rawls and the social minimum
12. Citizenship, social citizenship and the defence of welfare rights
13. Homelessness and the issue of liberty
14. Can communal goods be human rights?
15. When justice replaces affection: the need for rights
16. Rights and majorities: Rousseau revisited.
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