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Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice : Essays on Moral and Political Philosophy - Jan Narveson

Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice

Essays on Moral and Political Philosophy

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Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice is a collection of essays of the moral and political philosophy of Jan Narveson. The essays in this collection share a consistent theme running through much of Narveson's moral and political philosophy, namely that politics and morals stem from the interests of individual people, and have no antecedent authority over us. Rather, the source of such authority lies in the way people are related to one another, and most especially, in the exigencies of cooperation. Humans have plenty of problems, Narveson argues, but we are perhaps unique among animals in that our worst enemies, often enough, are other humans. The rules of morals and the devices of politics, in the view Narveson holds, deal with these problems by identifying the potential for gain from cooperation, and loss from the reverse. The essays express a collective antipathy for the ways in which modern political and moral philosophy has ridden roughshod over sane and efficient social restrictions, leaving us with a social scene devoted mainly to satisfying the cravings for power of the politically ambitious. Politics, Narveson argues with distress, has subverted morals. The essays in this collection, in various ways and as applied to various aspects of the scene, detail these charges, arguing that the ultimate and true point of politics and morals is to enable us to make our lives better, according to our varied senses of what that might mean.

A powerful collection of Jan Narveson's best essays, culled from over three decades in professional philosophy. . . . Despite being a serious philosophy text, this book reads rather like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with footnotes. Throughout, Narveson's range is astonishing, his style engaging, and the quality of his writing second only to that of his reasoning. * Laissez-Faire *

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xi
Utilitarianism and Formalismp. 1
A Puzzle about Economic Justice in Rawls' Theoryp. 13
Marxism: Hollow at the Corep. 35
On Recent Arguments for Egalitarianismp. 49
Moral Realism, Emotivism, and Natural Lawp. 63
Justice as Pure Efficiency: Pareto Efficiency, Justice, and the Free Market-A Pure Efficiency Conception of Justicep. 79
Toward a Liberal Theory of Ideology-A Quasi-Marxian Explorationp. 97
Property Rights: Original Acquisition and Lockean Provisosp. 111
Deserving Profitsp. 131
Fixing Democracyp. 163
The Anarchist's Casep. 185
Have We a Right to Nondiscrimination?p. 203
Collective Rights?p. 225
The Drug Laws: More Nails in the Coffin of American Liberalismp. 243
Children and Rightsp. 265
Natural Resources, Sustainability, and the Central Committeep. 279
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 305
About the Authorp. 313
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ISBN: 9780742513297
ISBN-10: 0742513297
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.09  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.53