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Rights, Moral Values and Natural Facts: a reply to Mary Midgley on the problem of child-abuse.

Archard, David (1992) Rights, Moral Values and Natural Facts: a reply to Mary Midgley on the problem of child-abuse. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 9 (1). pp. 99-104.

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Abstract

Mary Midgley asserts that my argument concerning the problem of child-abuse was inappropriately framed in the language of rights, and neglected certain pertinent natural facts. I defend the view that the use of rights-talk was both apposite and did not misrepresent the moral problem in question. I assess the status and character of the natural facts Midgley adduces in criticism of my case, concluding that they do not obviously establish the conclusions she believes they do. Finally I briefly respond to the charge that my suggestions were illiberal.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 34153
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2010 11:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34153

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