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Which Rights Should Be Universal?

William Talbott


In this book, William Talbott builds on the work of J.S. Mill, John Rawls, and Jürgen Habermas to develop a new equilibrium model for moral reasoning, in which moral reasoning is primarily bottom-up, from judgments about particular actual and hypothetical cases to norms or principles that best explain the particular judgments. Employing the equilibrium model, Talbott builds on the work of John Rawls, Amartya Sen, and Henry Shue to explain how, over the course of history, human beings have learned to adopt a distinctively moral standpoint from which it is possible to make reliable, though not i ... More

Keywords: autonomy, consequentialism, democratic rights, empathy, fairness, human rights, justice, Moral Discovery paradigm, moral epistemology, moral imperialism, moral relativism, moral standpoint, nonconsequentialism, original position, paternalism, Proof paradigm, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, universal norms, veil of ignorance, women's rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195173473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Talbott, author
University of Washington
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