Which Rights Should Be Universal?

Which Rights Should Be Universal?

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How can the advocate of universal rights avoid being a moral imperialist? In this book, Talbott builds on the work of Rawls, Habermas, Mill, Sen, and Shue to explain how, over the course of history, human beings have learned how to adopt a distinctively moral standpoint from which it is possible to make universal, though not infallible, judgments of right and wrong. He explains how this distinctively moral standpoint has led to the discovery of the moral importance of nine basic rights. His accessible book is important for debates on human rights, but also for the broader issues of moral and cultural relativism.
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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 149.86 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195173473
  • 9780195173475
  • 2,145,531

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No other work I am aware of comes close in making the consequentialist approach to rights come alive. Talbott somehow manages to provide the most detailed and skillful account of the philosophical, institutional, and empircal complexity of this approach without ever letting us lose sight of the simple humanitarianism that motivates it. Liam Murphy, New York University
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About William J. Talbott

William J. Talbott is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. This book is the first of two projected volumes on this topic.
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