The Community of Rights

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University of Chicago Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 380 pages
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Alan Gewirth extends his fundamental principle of equal and universal human rights, the Principle of Generic Consistency, into the arena of social and political philosophy, exploring its implications for both social and economic rights. He argues that the ethical requirements logically imposed on individual action hold equally for the supportive state as a community of rights, whose chief function is to maintain and promote the universal human rights to freedom and well-being. Such social afflictions as unemployment, homelessness, and poverty are basic violations of these rights, which the supportive state is required to overcome. A critical alternative to both "liberal" and "communitarian" views, this book will command the attention of anyone engaged in the debate over social and economic justice.
  

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Beginning this sequel to Reason and Morality (LJ 2/15/78) with a brief account of his Principle of Generic Consistency (PGC), on which he based the morality of that book, Gewirth extends the PGC to ... Read full review

Contents

ACTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
1
POSITIVE RIGHTS
31
of Needfulness for Action
44
MUTUALITY AND COMMUNITY
71
THE RIGHT TO PRODUCTIVE AGENCY
106
THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE PROPERTY
166
SelfOwnership
188
THE RIGHT TO EMPLOYMENT
214
THE RIGHT TO ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY
257
THE RIGHT TO POLITICAL DEMOCRACY
311
Democracy?
324
Index
359
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Alan Gewirth is Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is the author of "Reason and Morality, The Community of Rights, "and" Human Rights: Essays on Justification and Applications.

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