Philosophy Discussion Day 15

The theory is useless because its impossible to

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the theory is useless because it’s impossible to identify all the injustices that  have shaped the world o there’s just too many o we can’t imagine what the world would have been like because there’s  so many instances o then, it’s implausible to come to a conclusion on how to fix the  injustices o secondly, no one agrees how to rectify it vast disagreements on how to rectify the past injustices o one bad link in the chain undermines everything else therefore, the current entitlement of goods is all botched nozick could say that the current distribution of goods is unjust, but that  doesn’t show that my theory is wrong o the facts about the world  o he gives a theory of what the world should be like the fact that the world isn’t like that and we cant do much to fix it  doesn’t mean that he’s wrong; it just means the world sucks o the point was to tell you what justice but if you need something useful, nozick will tell you about the  moral statue of limitations we can’t rectify the past injustices, but in the future we can  make sure that things are just and in accordance with his  principles we’re starting over with a fresh clean state and say from  this point forward everyone is entitled with what they’ve  got and go forward Question 8: What does Taylor mean by “primacy of rights theories”?  Why does  he think they are, in the end, incoherent?  Is he right?  taylor thinks that primacy of rights theory is that individual rights are  unconditional, in particular, they are not derived from any principle of  belonging
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o the individual rights that you have are not dependent on any particular  society that you belong to o they’re also primary obligations to belong are derived from individual rights o rights are first, obligations to belong are second they’re incoherent because they claim they’re unconditional o taylor argues that those rights presuppose the right to belonging he flips the argument 1. If someone has a right to something, then we have an obligation not to  interfere with their exercise of that right o people have individuals rights and other people cant interfere with your  exercise of it 2. We ascribe rights to a being on their basis of the capacities that they have o only humans have a right to speech because we have the capacity to  speak our minds animals don’t have that capacity and therefore do not have the  right 3. Also, we ascribe rights on the basis of a capacity only if that capacity is  valuable o we can scratch our back, but that’s not really valuable and therefore  not really significant  4. If a capacity is so worthy of respect then we have an obligation to foster 
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