Liberal Rights: Collected Papers 1981-1991
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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Liberal rights Two sides of the coin
Theoretical foundations of liberalism
A right to do wrong
Locke toleration and the rationality of persecution
Mill and the value of moral distress
Rushdie and religion
Legislation and moral neutrality
Particular values and critical morality
John Rawls and the social minimum
Social citizenship and the defense of welfare provision
Homelessness and the issue of freedom
Can communal goods be human rights?
When justice replaces affection The need for rights
Rights and majorities Rousseau revisited
Rights in conflict
Welfare and the images of charity
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