The Lockean Theory of Rights A. John Simmons

ISBN: 9780691037813

Published: July 25th 1994

Paperback

400 pages


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The Lockean Theory of Rights  by  A. John Simmons

The Lockean Theory of Rights by A. John Simmons
July 25th 1994 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 400 pages | ISBN: 9780691037813 | 6.60 Mb

John Lockes political theory has been the subject of many detailed treatments by philosophers and political scientists. But The Lockean Theory of Rights is the first systematic, full-length study of Lockes theory of rights and of its potential forMoreJohn Lockes political theory has been the subject of many detailed treatments by philosophers and political scientists. But The Lockean Theory of Rights is the first systematic, full-length study of Lockes theory of rights and of its potential for making genuine contributions to contemporary debates about rights and their place in political philosophy.

Given that the rights of persons are the central moral concept at work in Lockes and Lockean political philosophy, such a study is long overdue. The book refers extensively to Lockes published and unpublished works, arguing that they reveal a coherent and sophisticated theory of rights that relies far less directly on his theological foundations than is commonly supposed.

In the process, A. John Simmons reconstructs a plausible and interesting Lockean theory of rights and shows how it illuminates many issues in contemporary moral and political philosophy, including the justification of punishment, problems concerning ethical impartialism and familial morality, the basis and extent of property rights, and rights and duties of justice and charity.

Simmons takes Locke seriously as a philosopher, examining and responding to his arguments in a philosophically sensitive fashion, and developing and adding to them to produce a body of theory that can satisfy current standards of philosophical rigor and clarity.



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