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Rights, restitution, and risk : essays, in moral theory

Author: Judith Jarvis Thomson; William Parent
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a set of vivid examples, stories, and cases Judith Thomson shows just how wide an array of moral considerations bears on all but the simplest of problems. She is a philosophical analyst of the highest caliber who can tease a multitude of implications out of the story of a mere bit of eavesdropping. She is also a master teller of tales which have a philosophical bite. Beyond these pleasures, however, she brings  Read more...
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Thomson, Judith Jarvis.
Rights, restitution, and risk.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986
(OCoLC)561681645
Online version:
Thomson, Judith Jarvis.
Rights, restitution, and risk.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986
(OCoLC)609992059
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Jarvis Thomson; William Parent
ISBN: 0674769805 9780674769809 0674769813 9780674769816
OCLC Number: 13010739
Description: x, 269 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A defense of abortion --
Rights and deaths --
Self-defense and rights --
Some ruminations on rights --
Rights and compensation --
Killing, letting die, and the trolley problem --
The trolley problem --
The right to privacy --
Preferential hiring --
Some questions about government regulation of behavior --
Imposing risks --
Remarks on causation and liability --
Liability and individualized evidence.
Responsibility: Judith Jarvis Thomson ; edited by William Parent.

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"In a set of vivid examples, stories, and cases Judith Thomson shows just how wide an array of moral considerations bears on all but the simplest of problems. She is a philosophical analyst of the highest caliber who can tease a multitude of implications out of the story of a mere bit of eavesdropping. She is also a master teller of tales which have a philosophical bite. Beyond these pleasures, however, she brings new depth of understanding to some of the most pressing moral issues of the moment, notably abortion. Thomson's essays determinedly confront the most difficult questions: What is it to have a moral right to life, or any other right? What is the relation between the infringement of such rights and restitution? How is rights theory to deal with the imposition of risk?" -- Backcover.

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