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Human Rights and Human Well-Being$
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William Talbott

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173482.001.0001

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The Consequentialist Project for Human Rights

The Consequentialist Project for Human Rights

(p.3) ONE The Consequentialist Project for Human Rights
Human Rights and Human Well-Being

William J. Talbott (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the project of this book, the consequentialist project for human rights, historically by relating it to J. S. Mill’s consequentialist project for autonomy rights and the early Rawls’s consequentialist project for liberal rights. The project is to identify a consequentialist principle of moral improvement, the main principle, to explain why it is superior to other nonconsequentialist principles, and to use it to explain why government guarantees of fourteen robust, inalienable human rights would be a moral improvement in any society anywhere on earth.

Keywords:   autonomy rights, consequentialism, human rights, inalienable rights, liberal rights, moral improvement, moral meta-theory, nonconsequentialism, social practice, universality, utilitarianism

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