Saturday, May 29, 2021

Thomas Nagel on human rights and moral knowledge

In "London Review of Books" (June 3, 2021), Thomas Nagel revisits the old debate about consequentialist vs. deontological theories of morality:

"Types of Intuition. Thomas Nagel on human rights and moral knowledge"

"In some sense the moral point of view requires putting oneself in everyone else’s shoes and taking the separate point of view of each individual into account in deciding what to do. The question is: how?"

“The question I am asking is whether, looking at ourselves from outside, we should come to view our attachment to rights and deontology as an unnecessarily cluttered moral outlook.” 

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