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The Proliferation Of Rights Moral Progress Or Empty Rhetoric?

By Carl Wellman Copyright 1999
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    199 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The Proliferation of Rights explores how the assertion of rights has expanded dramatically since World War II. Carl Wellman illuminates for the reader the historical developments in each of the major categories of rights, including human rights, civil rights, women's rights, patient rights, and animal rights. He concludes by assessing where this proliferation has been legitimate and helpful, cases where it has been illusory and unproductive, and alternatives to the appeal to rights.

    Some Critical Questions -- The Development of Human Rights -- New Civil Rights -- Women’s Rights and Feminist Theory -- Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics -- New Medical Rights -- An Appraisal