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R. M. Hare

Print publication date: 1981

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198246609.001.0001

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Rights and Justice

Rights and Justice

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(p.147) 9 Rights and Justice
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Moral Thinking
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R. M. Hare

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198246609.003.0009

The chapter deals with two pressing objections to Hare's prescriptivist utilitarian moral theory: that it can give no room to the place of rights and that it can give substantial considerations to the place of justice. The objections are avoided when the employment of Hare's method at the critical level is used to select principles for general use that can be properly entrenched without too facile appeals to immediate utility. What we should be trying to find are moral principles that are acceptable for general use in the world as it actually is.

Keywords:   justice, morality, rights, utilitarianism

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