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(Summary) Beetham- Economic and Social Rights (1995)

A chapter from Beetham’s book Politics and Human Rights Traditionally, Social and Economic rights have been considered less important, for lacking universality and being less fundamental.  They have been politically unwelcome for states, for it requires redistribution to the poor. Things have only worsened since 1980’s for two reasons:a) Growth of Intl Economy, with deregulation and cutting… Continue reading (Summary) Beetham- Economic and Social Rights (1995)

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(Summary) Jeremy Waldron- Rights in Conflict (1989)

Do rights come into conflict? If so, how should we resolve them? Three points If rights are understood along the lines of Joseph Raz’s interest theory, they will come into conflict. Rights generate a multiplicity of duties, not singular The complexions created by (2) Competing Conception of Rights Obviously, the conception of rights have implications… Continue reading (Summary) Jeremy Waldron- Rights in Conflict (1989)

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(Summary) Waldron’s Critique of Constitutional Rights

When we say we have rights, do we necessarily mean that they have to be constitutional rights? Is that even desirable? Is there necessarily a connection from moral to legal rights? Is it the true that when we talk of rights, the moral “ought” is the same as the legal “ought”? First of all, declarations… Continue reading (Summary) Waldron’s Critique of Constitutional Rights

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(Summary) H.L.A Hart- Are there any Natural Rights (1955)

Hart’s argument is as follows: if there are any moral rights at all, then it follows that there must be at least one natural right: equal right to freedom. What is a natural right? Rights we have because we are human insofar as we are capable of choice. They are not created by our voluntary… Continue reading (Summary) H.L.A Hart- Are there any Natural Rights (1955)

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(Review) The Principles (?) of Effective Altruism

The logic of Effective Altruism is plain and simple: that if it is in your capacity to save someone and it carries a small moral cost to you, you should do what you can to help, and as effectively as possible. The problems of EA, however, stem not from the formulation of such a principle,… Continue reading (Review) The Principles (?) of Effective Altruism

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(Summary) Scott Wisor- Against shallow ponds: an argument against Singer’s approach to global poverty (2011)

Problems with Singer’s line of thinking The argument itself is not the problem. Rather it is the way of thinking associated with it, which generates a form of “Shallow Pond thinking” which treats the issues of global poverty as simplistic as in the Pond Analogy. Transferred to the global context, the analogy neglects the agency of the… Continue reading (Summary) Scott Wisor- Against shallow ponds: an argument against Singer’s approach to global poverty (2011)

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(summary) Amia Srinivasan- “Stop the Robot Apocalypse” book review (2015)

MacAskill and Effective Altruism Qalys (Quality Adjusted Life Years), which factors into consideration life quality and expectancy, attempts to compare things we normally cannot conceptualise (e.g. comparing the impacts of AIDS relief vs Blindness). MacAskill proposes thinking beyond that- we should think marginally and counter-factually too. To think marginally because you want to maximise the value of your contribution… Continue reading (summary) Amia Srinivasan- “Stop the Robot Apocalypse” book review (2015)