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The Lockean Theory of Rights : Studies in Moral, Political, & Legal Philosophy - A. John Simmons

The Lockean Theory of Rights

Studies in Moral, Political, & Legal Philosophy

Paperback Published: 25th July 1994
ISBN: 9780691037813
Number Of Pages: 400

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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.

"A powerful analysis... [It] succeeds in demonstrating the depth and cogency of much of Locke's moral and political thought and leaves us with a number of excellent reasons for believing that ... talk of natural rights of a distinctly Lockean kind is indispensable for any satisfactory account of the just society."--G. A. J. Rogers, The Times Higher Education Supplement "... a remarkable volume--by far the best treatment of Locke's account of rights and one that is likely to remain so, because it treats the texts with intelligent scholarship and argues with a high degree of sophistication..."--Ian Harris, American Political Science Review "[Simmon's] densely argued and heavily referenced work--he reveals deep knowledge of both the primary and secondary literature and overturns many a famous name in a footnote--provides us with a powerful analysis of what is probably the central moral concept of Locke's political philosophy, namely his theory of rights."--G. A. J. Rogers, The Times Higher Education Supplement "[Simmons] succeeds triumphantly in showing that the issues are still alive, and that even if Locke cannot solve our problems, he has much to contribute to an understanding of them."--Susan L. Mendus, Ethics "... a comprehensive monograph that goes beyond a learned interpretation of Locke's texts to a reconstruction of a more plausible and contemporarily more acceptable, Lockean theory of rights ... [T]his penetrating and sympathetic study is a welcome antidote to some tendentious recent monographs, of equal interest to the philosophically and historically inclined."--Ross Rudolph, Canadian Review of Political Science "The Lockean Theory of Rights is an exceptionally good book: Strong, clear, forceful, level-headed, and magnificently patient-an object lesson in educational maturity."--International Studies in Philosophy

List of Abbreviations
Introductionp. 3
The Structure of Locke's Moral Theory
The Demonstration of Moralityp. 14
Why We Ought to Obey Godp. 26
The Secular Strainp. 36
The Superstructure of Locke's Theoryp. 46
The Content of Natural Lawp. 59
Locke and Natural Rights
The Place of Rights in Locke's Theoryp. 68
Equal Rights and Special Rightsp. 79
The Structure of Locke's Theory of Rightsp. 87
The Significance of Natural Rightsp. 95
Natural Rights Skepticismp. 102
The Right to Punish
A Natural Executive Rightp. 121
Locke's Casep. 127
Repliesp. 134
The Coherence of Locke's Positionp. 140
Forfeiture and Punishmentp. 148
The Monopoly on Forcep. 161
Rights and the Family
Wives, Husbands, and Servantsp. 167
The Rights of Parents (and the Duties of Children)p. 177
The Rights of Children (and the Duties of Parents)p. 192
The Family and Propertyp. 204
The Family and Political Societyp. 212
Property Rights
Natural Property Rightsp. 222
Labor: The Argumentsp. 236
Labor: Replies and Reconstructionsp. 264
The Limits on Propertyp. 278
Moneyp. 298
Justice and Charity
Property in Political Societyp. 307
Justicep. 318
Charityp. 327
Positive and Negative Rightsp. 336
Conclusionp. 353
Works Citedp. 355
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780691037813
ISBN-10: 0691037817
Series: Studies in Moral, Political, & Legal Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 25th July 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.66