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Author Simmons, A. John (Alan John), 1950- author

Title The Lockean theory of rights / A. John Simmons
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1992]
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1992]


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Description ix, 387 pages ; 25 cm
Series Studies in moral, political, and legal philosophy
Studies in moral, political, and legal philosophy.
Contents 1. The Structure of Locke's Moral Theory. 1.1. The Demonstration of Morality. 1.2. Why We Ought to Obey God. 1.3. The Secular Strain. 1.4. The Superstructure of Locke's Theory. 1.5. The Content of Natural Law -- 2. Locke and Natural Rights. 2.1. The Place of Rights in Locke's Theory. 2.2. Equal Rights and Special Rights. 2.3. The Structure of Locke's Theory of Rights. 2.4. The Significance of Natural Rights. 2.5. Natural Rights Skepticism -- 3. The Right to Punish. 3.1. A Natural Executive Right. 3.2. Locke's Case. 3.3. Replies. 3.4. The Coherence of Locke's Position. 3.5. Forfeiture and Punishment. 3.6. The Monopoly on Force -- 4. Rights and the Family. 4.1. Wives, Husbands, and Servants. 4.2. The Rights of Parents (and the Duties of Children). 4.3. The Rights of Children (and the Duties of Parents). 4.4. The Family and Property. 4.5. The Family and Political Society
5. Property Rights. 5.1. Natural Property Rights. 5.2. Labor: The Arguments. 5.3. Labor: Replies and Reconstructions. 5.4. The Limits on Property. 5.5. Money -- 6. Justice and Charity. 6.1. Property in Political Society. 6.2. Justice. 6.3. Charity. 6.4. Positive and Negative Rights
Summary John Locke's political theory has been the subject of many detailed treatments by philosophers and political scientists. But The Lockean Theory of Rights is the first systematic, full-length study of Locke's theory of rights and of its potential for making genuine contributions to contemporary debates about rights and their place in political philosophy. Given that the rights of persons are the central moral concept at work in Locke's and Lockean political philosophy, such a study is long overdue. The book refers extensively to Locke's published and unpublished works, arguing that they reveal a coherent and sophisticated theory of rights that relies far less directly on his theological foundations than is commonly supposed. In the process, A. John Simmons reconstructs a plausible and interesting Lockean theory of rights and shows how it illuminates many issues in contemporary moral and political philosophy, including the justification of punishment, problems concerning ethical impartialism and familial morality, the basis and extent of property rights, and rights and duties of justice and charity. Simmons takes Locke seriously as a philosopher, examining and responding to his arguments in a philosophically sensitive fashion, and developing and adding to them to produce a body of theory that can satisfy current standards of philosophical rigor and clarity
Analysis Rights
Notes Bibliography: p355-376. - Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-376) and index
Subject Locke, John, 1632-1704.
Human rights -- History of doctrines.
Human rights.
Natural law -- History -- 17th century.
Natural law.
Political science -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Political science.
LC no. 91036773
ISBN 0691037817 (paperback)
9780691037813 (paperback)