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The Precarious Sovereignty Of Rights, Hugo Adam Bedau Jan 1997

The Precarious Sovereignty Of Rights, Hugo Adam Bedau

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This paper argues that the typical theory of human rights is both defective and misleading. It is misleading insofar as the rights that these theories generate are not the powerful moral swords and shields that their advocates take them to be. It is defective insofar as it fails to confront the chief sources of trouble for theories of rights. In sum, rights do not have the finality in human affairs that is often claimed for them.


Sex And Consequences: World Population Growth Vs. Reproductive Rights, Margaret P. Battin Jan 1997

Sex And Consequences: World Population Growth Vs. Reproductive Rights, Margaret P. Battin

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Conflict between concern over global population growth and concern for reproductive rights is intense. In this paper I explore how developments in reproductive technology, present and future, may provide a solution to this conflict – one which promises both a significant drop in population growth and the fullest protection of reproductive rights and preferences.


Coping With Cognitive Limitations: Problems Of Rationality In A Complex World, Nicholas Rescher Jan 1997

Coping With Cognitive Limitations: Problems Of Rationality In A Complex World, Nicholas Rescher

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In cognitive and practical contexts alike, even the most rational of problem-solutions can misfire in situations of incomplete information. The prevailing state of our information will -- and should -- decisively affect the determination of what is the best thing to do or think. Accordingly, reason faces the predicament of acknowledging that it must call on us to do that which, for aught we know, may in the end prove totally inappropriate.


Women, Welfare, And A Public Ethic Of Care, Eva Feder Kittay Jan 1997

Women, Welfare, And A Public Ethic Of Care, Eva Feder Kittay

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Welfare is not only a poverty issue, it is a woman’s issue. We need to formulate a foundation of the political will to shape and support a welfare policy that can serve women raising families without stigmatizing them in the process. The paper attempts to formulate such a foundation.


God And Evil, William L. Rowe Jan 1997

God And Evil, William L. Rowe

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If God is all-powerful, all-knowing and perfectly good, then why is there so much horrendous evil in the world? This paper discusses this perennial problem.


On The Banality Of Literary Truths, Peter Kivy Jan 1997

On The Banality Of Literary Truths, Peter Kivy

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The propositional theory of literary truth says that the purpose of literary works is to express propositions. One objection to this theory is that the propositions that can be extracted from literary works are too banal to constitute the purpose of those works. This paper defends the propositional theory against this objection.