Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Princeton University Press, Nov 17, 1996 - Philosophy - 236 pages
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Which human rights ought to be the first honored and the last sacrificed? In the first systematic attempt by an American philosopher to address the issue of human rights as it relates to U.S. foreign policy, Henry Shue proposes an original conception of basic rights that illuminates both the nature of moral rights generally and the determination of which specific rights are the basic ones.

 

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Contents

Security and Subsistence
13
Correlative Duties
35
Liberty
65
THREE CHALLENGES TO SUBSISTENCE RIGHTS
89
Realism and Responsibility
91
Affluence and Responsibility
111
Nationality and Responsibility
131
Rightgrounded Duties and the Institutional Turn
153
Notes
181
Bibliography
229
Index
231
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Henry Shue is the Wyn and William Y. Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life and Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.

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