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Moral Rights and Political Freedom (Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy) e-book

Author:

Tara Smith

Language:

English

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Other

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Humanities

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1928 kb

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Rating:

4.1

Publisher:

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 13, 1995)

Pages:

234

ISBN:

0847680266

Moral Rights and Political Freedom (Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy) e-book

by Tara Smith


Series: Studies in Social and Political Philosophy. Paperback: 234 pages. This is an excellent, if short book on the grounding of rights and political freedom.

Series: Studies in Social and Political Philosophy. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 6, 1995). The author argues that both deontology and consequentialism are failures and argues for a different approach. Being a philosopher Smith writes clearly and concisely in this book was a pleasure to read. It's a powerful argument that deserve serious consideration.

Tara Smith does an excellent job constructing her case for the importance of rights and political freedom. And despite a tremendous effort, I'm afraid Tara Smith hasn't yet answered this question. I'm happy to see her declare that the deontology-vs. She begins by discussing the facts of reality that give rise to the concept of rights and provides different circumstances under which rights apply compared to where they don't. As part of this definition, she provides the importance of their teleological aspect. consequentialism dichotomy is a false one, and I even agree with her that the right approach is "teleological" (though for somewhat different reasons from hers).

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Start by marking Moral Rights And Political Freedom as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The book carefully elucidates what political freedom is and demonstrates why it should be protected by rights. Smith's thesis is that rights are teleological: respect for freedom is necessary for individuals' flourishing or eudaimonia. Smith Tara Smith ΦBK, University of Virginia, 1983 Author. Tara A. Smith (born 1961) is a professor of philosophy and holder of the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and holder of the Anthem Foundation Fellowship for the Study of Objectivism at the University of Texas at Austin. Smith specializes in moral and political theory.

Political freedom (also known as political autonomy or political agency) is a central concept in history and political thought and one of the most important features of democratic societies. Political freedom was described as freedom from oppression. Political freedom was described as freedom from oppression or coercion, the absence of disabling conditions for an individual and the fulfillment of enabling conditions, or the absence of life conditions of compulsion, . economic compulsion, in a society.

I approach this theme by studying the relation between freedom and justice in the philosophies of Rousseau and Kant. Yet, curiously, despite many rounds of debate over moral versus political conceptions, little attention has been paid to the meaning of human rights as international legal concepts.

The book carefully elucidates what political freedom is and demonstrates why it should be. .Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy.

The book carefully elucidates what political freedom is and demonstrates why it should be protected by rights.

Given that social and political institutions both shape us and are shaped . liberalism and socialism

Given that social and political institutions both shape us and are shaped by us, what values should we adopt so that we may best fulfill our natures as individual and social beings? This general question reveals the normative character of the philosophical approach to social issues. This course is an introduction to social and political philosophy, the area of philosophy concerned with how we should live together. As such, it focuses on principles for regulating the living together of members of society. liberalism and socialism. We will study in detail two classic works, John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, and Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto.

Hobbes’s political philosophy starts from a number of premises that are supposed to be self-evident, supplemented by various observations from experience more. Hobbes’s political philosophy starts from a number of premises that are supposed to be self-evident, supplemented by various observations from experience.

Seeking a way out of today's bewildering rush of rights claims, Tara Smith's Moral Rights and Political Freedom offers a systematic account of the nature and foundations of rights. The book carefully elucidates what political freedom is and demonstrates why it should be protected by rights. Smith's thesis is that rights are teleological: respect for freedom is necessary for individuals' flourishing or eudaimonia. Smith illustrates how many alleged rights would actually undermine that objective. Her decisive refutation of the assumption that conflicts between rights are inevitable--demonstrating how such conflicts are theoretically incoherent and practically self-defeating--should go a long way toward resolving many contemporary disputes about rights.
Jum
Tara Smith does an excellent job constructing her case for the importance of rights and political freedom. She begins by discussing the facts of reality that give rise to the concept of rights and provides different circumstances under which rights apply compared to where they don't. As part of this definition, she provides the importance of their teleological aspect. Once this is established, she further defines the importance of freedom as a necessary condition under which rights can apply. She approaches the concept freedom in the same manner as she does rights- showing the background of the definition and walking the reader through her reasoning, step by step. Ultimately, she ties the concepts together and shows how they mutually reinforce one another and how the incorrect conception of one will destroy the proper application of both. In general, she demonstrates how incorrectly defining or applying concepts destroys their potency.

Smith presents her thesis in a clear and articulate manner. Her method is easy to understand and laid in detail to allow analysis by the reader if he doesn't agree with any aspects of it. This work, combined with her later books, provides a solid foundation for philosophical thinking and demonstrates the life and death importance of the subject as a whole. Highly recommend!
Arabella V.
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Linn
If one wishes to sharpen and refine their understanding of individual rights, this is book to buy and read. I am hanging on every word.
Purebinder
This is an excellent, if short book on the grounding of rights and political freedom. The author argues that both deontology and consequentialism are failures and argues for a different approach. Being a philosopher Smith writes clearly and concisely in this book was a pleasure to read. It's a powerful argument that deserve serious consideration.
Zaryagan
Tara Smith is a professor of philosophy and a follower of the ideas of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand (called "Objectivism"). Prof. Smith offers a strong defense of individual rights based on an Objectivist conception of reason and human nature. (Curiously, while Rand is mentioned in the footnotes, she is never mentioned in the body of the text.)
There are a number of merits to this book. Prof. Smith is a clear writer who sets forth her arguments forcefully in jargon-free language. Unlike much Objectivist writing, she interacts with other traditions in a non-vituperative manner. Rather than give Rand all the credit, she indicates where she is indebted to others. Finally, she responds to potential arguments and counterexamples to her theory. Compare, for example, her section on "the ethics of emergencies" with Rand's article of the same name. Rand's article quickly descends into a screed against "altruism."

Prof. Smith argues that rights find their justification in man's need to advance his own life. Without rights, I can't exercise my reason and therefore can't live. Prof. Smith's argument, although fairly persuasive, runs into some obvious problems. Most importantly is the question of why one person should respect the rights of others. If, as Prof. Smith argues, rights have an egoistic foundation, then why should I respect someone else's rights? In fairness, to Prof. Smith, she realizes that this is a question that needs to be addressed, but I don't find her answer completely satisfactory. Finally, is the only justification for rights their role in advancing life? If I knew that I was going to die next week, would it be okay for me to cheat and steal?
Prof. Smith is also the author of a work on metaethics called VIABLE VALUES, which is quite good. A work that interacts with some of the topics covered by Prof. Smith is Roderick Long's REASON AND VALUE: ARISTOTLE VERSUS RAND (which, unfortunately does not reference Prof. Smith). Thomas Fleming takes on the tradition represented by Prof. Smith in THE MORALITY OF EVERDAY LIFE.
Cordabor
Prof. Smith does a wonderful job of giving a proper academic presentation of the Objectivist case for individual rights. She first presents a detailed moral teleological argument for why individuals should have rights. She then proceeds to argue against both deontological and consequentialist justifications for rights and makes the case that her teleological justification is the only proper one which has none of the weaknesses of the other attempts at justifying rights. Finally she takes on so-called "positive freedoms" or "welfare rights" and shows how recognizing such rights negates actual freedoms and thus that such positive rights are not proper rights and freedoms at all.
This book would be beneficially used in any political science or moral/political philosophy course.

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