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Justice: Rights and Wrongs [Hardcover]

By Nicholas Wolterstorff (Author)
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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.23" Width: 6.47" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   1.57 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 26, 2007
Publisher   Princeton University Press
ISBN  0691129673  
EAN  9780691129679  

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Wide-ranging and ambitious, Justice combines moral philosophy and Christian ethics to develop an important theory of rights and of justice as grounded in rights. Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses what it is to have a right, and he locates rights in the respect due the worth of the rights-holder. After contending that socially-conferred rights require the existence of natural rights, he argues that no secular account of natural human rights is successful; he offers instead a theistic account. Wolterstorff prefaces his systematic account of justice as grounded in rights with an exploration of the common claim that rights-talk is inherently individualistic and possessive. He demonstrates that the idea of natural rights originated neither in the Enlightenment nor in the individualistic philosophy of the late Middle Ages, but was already employed by the canon lawyers of the twelfth century. He traces our intuitions about rights and justice back even further, to Hebrew and Christian scriptures. After extensively discussing justice in the Old Testament and the New, he goes on to show why ancient Greek and Roman philosophy could not serve as a framework for a theory of rights. Connecting rights and wrongs to God's relationship with humankind, Justice not only offers a rich and compelling philosophical account of justice, but also makes an important contribution to overcoming the present-day divide between religious discourse and human rights.

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More About Nicholas Wolterstorff

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, longtime professor of philosophy at Calvin College, is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including "Educating for Responsible Action." Gloria Goris Stronks and Clarence W. Joldersma are professors in the education department at Calvin College.

Nicholas Wolterstorff currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Nicholas Wolterstorff has an academic affiliation as follows - Yale University Yale University, Connecticut Yale University, Connecti.

Nicholas Wolterstorff has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies
  2. Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
  3. Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology
  4. Saint Paul University Series in Ethics
  5. Through the Eyes of Faith Series

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my right your wrong...   May 13, 2008

A theistic theory of rights or even an argument for theism from the idea of rights is what this book presents... It does an excellent job on both accounts - I thought.

Wolterstorff distinguishes between two understandings of justice one linked to right order the other to inherent subjective rights. He finds that the major issue between the two has been missed, where it was thought to be about the existence of rights per se it is really about different conceptions of rights - are they intrinsic to subjects or are they bestowed on subjects from some norm or god. The first few chapters present arguments from the old and new testaments to show that rights are not a recent enlightenment invention but go back along way and have a theological origin that is based on the worth of the person - what it is that accounts for the worth of a person is taken up latter in the book.

after the history of rights in the bible and surrounding literature he turns to continue developing his theory of rights by showing what sort of things we may have rights to -- the happenings that contribute to a good life... Sometime is spent defining what a happening is and what a good life is - all of which is very interesting and illuminating and challenging but it's presented in a very readable style ....

And then the reasons why secularism can't work as a foundation for rights was convincing - although, admittedly I was already convinced, but now I have some good reasons to back up my convictions anyway.. Plus all the 'rights' talk surrounding different issues seems to make more sense - or nonsense - now..

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