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An essay on rights

Author: Hillel Steiner
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book addresses the perennial question: What is justice? The usual answer draws on ideas such as fairness and impartiality. Hillel Steiner departs from this approach: he seeks an answer through an exploration of the nature of rights.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hillel Steiner
ISBN: 0631131655 9780631131656 0631190279 9780631190271
OCLC Number: 29517735
Description: x, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Liberty. (a). Actions and Eligibility. (b). Offers and Threats. (c). Prevention and Possession. (d). Liberty and Computation --
3. Rights. (a). Choices and Benefits. (b). Liberties and Duties. (c). Compossibility and Domains. (d). Titles and Vindications --
4. Moral Reasoning. (a). Rules and Judgements. (b). Priority and Structure. (c). Quality and Quantity. (d). Consequences and Numbers --
5. Economic Reasoning. (a). Axioms and Orderings. (b). Indifference and Optimality. (c). Continuity and Commensurability. (d). Endowments and Exploitation --
6. Justice. (a). Disagreement and Deadlock. (b). Impartiality and Lexicality. (c). Liberty and Equality. (d). Rights and Origins --
7. Original Rights. (a). Persons and Things. (b). Persons and Bodies. (c). Persons and Times. (d). Persons and Places --
8. Epilogue: Just Redistributions.
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