Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Book on global basic rights

Global Basic Rights

Edited by Charles R. Beitz and Robert E. Goodin

(Oxford University Press, 2009), 272 pages


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 on "Basic Rights" proved to be a pioneering contribution to those debates, and one that continues to elicit both critical and constructive comment. Global Basic Rights brings together many of the most influential contemporary writers in political philosophy and international relations 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.


1: Charles R. Beitz and Robert E. Goodin: Introduction: Basic Rights and Beyond [online]
2: Christian Reus-Smit: On Rights and Institutions
3: Andrew Hurrell: Another Turn of the Wheel?
4: Judith Lichtenberg: Are There Any Basic Rights?
5: Elizabeth Ashford: The Alleged Dichotomy Between Positive and Negative Duties of Justice
6: Thomas Pogge: Shue on Rights and Duties
7: Neta C. Crawford: No Borders, No Bystanders: Developing Individual and Institutional Capacities for Global Moral Responsibility
8: Richard W. Miller: Global Power and Economic Justice
9: David Luban: Unthinking the Ticking Bomb
10: Jeremy Waldron: Security as a Basic Right (After 9/11)
11: Simon Caney: Human Rights, Responsibilities, and Climate Change

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