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Recovering the Social Contract

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The author defends a novel philosophical thesis about the nature and foundation of moral rights. The thesis maintains that rights-claims derive their credibility from a distinctive idea of equality according to which persons are not just equally valuable but equally invaluable. The egalitarian ideal derives its normative content from widely acknowledged norms of competence that are distinguishable from and conceptually prior to the norms of rationality and morality that have exercised contemporary theorists of rational choice and justice. When its nature and foundation are appreciated, rights-based justice can be seen to be more powerful and, in an important sense, less ideological than alternative conceptions. In defending this view, the author considers how ideology corrupts thinking about justice and maintains that contemporary theorists are ideological in a sense that disqualifies them from setting credible normative standards.

About the Author

\Ron Replogle is assistant professor of politics at New York University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122342612
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield
Subject:
Social justice
Author:
Replogle, Ron
Subject:
Social contract
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
253

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