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Human Rights and Human Well-Being

William Talbott


This book explains the development of human rights as a process of moral improvement in ground level moral and legal practices. This leads to a consideration of the process by which moral and legal practices are improved. The book focuses on moral improvement and then shows how to apply the model of moral improvement to improvements in the law. The book reconstructs moral improvement as a process of making exceptions to status quo moral practices. It introduces a meta-level consequentialist (though not utilitarian) principle, the main principle, as a sufficient condition for an improvement in ... More

Keywords: human rights, moral improvement, moral practices, legal practices, social practices, education, freedom, privacy, consequentialism, utilitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Talbott, author
University of Washington
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