William Talbott's Which Rights Should be Universal? [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Human Rights Review 9 (2):181-191 (2008)
In this review essay, I first set out and then subject to criticism the main claims advanced by William Talbott in his excellent recent book, “Which Rights Should be Universal?”. Talbott offers a conception of basic universal human rights as the minimally necessary and sufficient conditions to political legitimacy. I argue that his conception is at once too robustly liberal and democratic and too inattentive to key features of the rule of law to play this role. I suggest that John Rawls’s conception of human rights comes closer to hitting the mark Talbott sets for himself and that Talbott incorrectly rejects Rawls’s view. I conclude that what likely divides Talbott and Rawls is that Rawls, but not Talbott, explicitly frames the inquiry into the minimally necessary and sufficient conditions to political legitimacy in terms of a liberal democratic people attempting to determine, as a matter of its just foreign policy, whether or not to recognize other organized polities as independent and self-determining within the international order
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Little (1999). Rethinking Human Rights: A Review Essay on Religion, Relativism, and Other Matters. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (1):149 - 177.
Clark Butler (2002). Human Rights. Philo 5 (1):5-22.
Eric D. Smaw (2008). An Analysis of the Philosophy of Universal Human Rights: Hobbes, Locke, and Ignatieff. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):39-58.
P. J. Lomelino (2007). Individuals and Relational Beings. Social Philosophy Today 23:87-101.
W. J. Talbott (2007). Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights. Philosophical Review 116 (2):294-297.
Burleigh Wilkins (2008). Rawls on Human Rights: A Review Essay. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics 12 (1):105 - 122.
Doris Schroeder (2012). Human Rights and Human Dignity. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (3):323-335.
W. J. Talbott (2010). Human Rights and Human Well-Being. Oxford University Press.
Antonio Pérez-Estévez (2007). May Western Rights, by Extension, Become Human Rights? The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 3:61-72.
W. J. Talbott (2005). Which Rights Should Be Universal? Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #192,777 of 1,100,106 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #304,144 of 1,100,106 )
How can I increase my downloads?