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

Responsibility Judith Jarvis Thomson ; edited by William Parent
Material Type Book
Publisher Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
Year 1986
Language English
Size x, 269 p. ; 25 cm
Abstract Moral theory should be simple: the moral theorist attends to ordinary human action to explain what makes some acts right and others wrong, and we need no microscope to observe a human act. Yet no mor...l theory that is simple captures all of the morally relevant facts. 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?
Moral theory should be simple: the moral theorist attends to ordinary human action to explain what makes some acts right and others wrong, and we need no microscope to observe a human act. Yet no moral theory that is simple captures all of the morally relevant facts. 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?
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: pbk. : alk. paper Central Library 2A 068582186016488 150.1/Th 7/1 1986

Bibliographic details

Notes Bibliography: p. [263]-[264]
Includes index
Authors *Thomson, Judith Jarvis
Parent, William
Subjects LCSH:Ethics -- Addresses, essays, lectures  All Subject Search
Classification NDLC:H51
LCC:BJ1031
DC19:170
ID 1000107804
ISBN 0674769805
NCID BA01331517
Vol : alk. paper ; ISBN:0674769805
: pbk. : alk. paper ; ISBN:0674769813
Created Date 2009.09.10
Modified Date 2009.09.10

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