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Rights and Justice

R. M. Hare

in Moral Thinking

Published in print December 1981 | ISBN: 9780198246602
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198246609.003.0009
 Rights and Justice

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The chapter deals with two pressing objections to Hare's prescriptivist utilitarian moral theory: that it can give no room to the place of rights and that it can give substantial considerations to the place of justice. The objections are avoided when the employment of Hare's method at the critical level is used to select principles for general use that can be properly entrenched without too facile appeals to immediate utility. What we should be trying to find are moral principles that are acceptable for general use in the world as it actually is.

Keywords: justice; morality; rights; utilitarianism

Chapter.  7928 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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