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3-29-11 - Rights and Responsibilities Legal and moral...

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3-29-11 Rights and Responsibilities Legal and moral rights - legal: recognized in law o Vary with place and time o May be too limited or extensive Ex. Right to vote for women - Moral: what ought to be recognized in law o Don’t vary with time or place (much) o Allow for critique of legal system Ex. Public education system Rights and Obligations - A right corresponds to a perfect obligation o I have a right to be paid o You have a right to repay me - X has a right that Y do A - Y has a perfect obligation to X to do A General rights - Often, we speak of a right to life, or to a fair trial, without saying who has the obligation - X has a right to life - Others have an obligation not to kill X - Others shouldn’t kill X - X has general right to A - Others have obligation not to interfere with X’s A-ing - Others shouldn’t interfere with X’s A-ing - If anyone interferes, that is not only wrong but unjust Thomas Hobbes - All general rights follow from a right to liberty - Others shouldn’t interfere with me -
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