minds and machines response paper - interest theory of rights1

Minds and machines response paper - interest theory of rights1

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Response paper: ITR – Interest Theory of Rights. The Interest Theory of Rights states that if something has a right, R, then that something “is capable of having an interest, I, in that to which R Pertains.” I agree with this theory in the same way it was defined this Thursday night. If an entity does have a right, R, then it must be capable of knowing what the right entails. The reasoning of contrapositive: if no interest in x, then no right to x…and so right to x, then interest in x is something that does not make sense to me. Such a thing would touch on our free will and basically determine everything that we do or don’t have an interest in. As an example, let us assume for a second that if we have a right to something, we have to have an interest in it. Although we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy, voting is a right many citizens are born with but never care for. This is an issue for the public influence in the nation’s direction and the under-influence that
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Unformatted text preview: many groups are showing. The United States does not require voting since it is a right, but not necessarily an obligation. We have the right to or not to vote. I believe this is because the government understands that not everyone is interested in voting. I am aware of other countries who actually register their citizens automatically, but even there the voter turnout is not 100%. From this we can conclude that just being we have a right to something, does not assert that we have an interest in it too. An entity can, then, have a right to something without having an interest in it. This is the basis of freedom. One does not necessarily have to have an interest in something to have a right to allow one to follow through with his interest. We are free to develop interests and act on it without unreasonable limits....
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PHIL 1120 taught by Professor Heuveln during the Fall '07 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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