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Rights

Thomas Nagel

in Equality and Partiality

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195098396
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195098390.003.0013
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In contrast to the difficulties faced by the pursuit of equality, the protection for each individual of a sphere of personal autonomy is the object of a well‐developed and effective tradition of ethical and institutional design. Its main resource is the definition and protection of individual rights. The recognition of a system of rights is a moral and social practice that permits some of the relations between persons to be governed by pure procedural justice (i.e., whatever outcomes result from the interaction of people who do not violate those rights are regarded as morally acceptable). Other values besides autonomy or individuality itself influence the design of such practices, and some rights are, to an important extent, instrumental in their justification.

Keywords: goods; personal autonomy; practices; procedural justice; rights; values

Chapter.  5117 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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