6_29_Pogge_Lecture

6_29_Pogge_Lecture - Philosophy 338 | Summer 2009 Thomas...

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Philosophy 338 | Summer 2009 Brandon Morgan-Olsen | 6.29 Thomas Pogge, “How Should Human Rights Be Conceived” Pogge is offering an institutional account of rights Historical evolution of human rights concepts  Human rights as evolving from natural law, natural rights. All three of these express particularly weighty, unrestricted, broadly sharable, and special moral concerns. Wrongness/blameworthiness distinction (n. 3). Natural rights talk is more limited than natural law talk (focus on others’ interests);  natural rights as secularizing. Three types of duties not covered in rights talk: religious duties, duties toward oneself,  and duties towards animals (or about our conduct towards animals). Connection between rights and legitimate complaints, etc. (p. 190) Further specification in move to human rights: (1)Further, explicit secularization – move towards broad(er) sharability (2) “Political, not metaphysical” reorientation (3) All and only humans All humans have the same rights All human beings matter equally (4) Human rights-violations must be “official” – human-rights postulates are  addressed primarily to those in positions of authority.
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