Liberating Duties


in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI:
Liberating Duties

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This chapter contributes to a challenge to the orthodoxy of the conception of rights by pointing out the limitations of rights-oriented doctrines, and to the need to regard rights as derived from a more fundamental doctrine of well-being and the need to give duties a central role in the understanding of moral and political life. It argues that the common perception of duties which is supposed to make plain their subordination to rights, in fact leads to a belittling of the role of rights, outlining some of the shortcomings of the concentration on rights. It also notes that duties may be intrinsically good, and their existence may be essential to the existence of valuable activities and relationships.

Keywords: orthodoxy; self-respect; rights; duties; activities

Chapter.  7270 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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