Global Basic Rights

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Politically, as well as philosophically, concerns with human rights have permeated many of the most important debates on social justice worldwide for fully a half-century. Henry Shue's 1980 book onBasic Rightsproved to be a pioneering contribution to those debates, and one that continues to elicit both critical and constructive comment.Global Basic Rightsbrings together many of the most influential contemporary writers in political philosophy and international relations--Charles Beitz, Robert Goodin, Christian Reus-Smit, Andrew Hurrell, Judith Lichtenberg, Elizabeth Ashford, Thomas Pooge, Neta Crawford, Richard Miller, David Luban, Jeremy Waldron and Simon Caney--to explore some of the most challenging theoretical and practical questions that Shue's work provokes. These range from the question of the responsibilities of the global rich to redress severe poverty to the permissibility of using torture to gain information to fight international terrorism. The contributors explore the continuing value of the idea of "basic rights" in understanding moral challenges as diverse as child labor and global climate change.

Author Biography

Charles R. Beitz is Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University. Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and of Social Political Theory Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Government at the University of Essex.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Introduction: Basic Rights and Beyondp. 1
On Rights and Institutionsp. 25
Another Turn of the Wheel?p. 49
Are There Any Basic Rights?p. 71
The Alleged Dichotomy Between Positive and Negative Rights and Dutiesp. 92
Shue on Rights and Dutiesp. 113
No Borders, No Bystanders: Developing Individual and Institutional Capacities for Global Moral Responsibilityp. 131
Global Power and Economic Justicep. 156
Unthinking the Ticking Bombp. 181
Security as a Basic Right (After 9/11)p. 207
Human Rights, Responsibilities, and Climate Changep. 227
Indexp. 248
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