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The Community of Rights
by Alan Gewirth
University of Chicago Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-226-28880-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-28881-9
Library of Congress Classification JC571.G437 1996

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Alan Gewirth extends his fundamental principle of equal and universal human rights, the Principle of Generic Consistency, into the arena of social and political philosophy, exploring its implications for both social and economic rights. He argues that the ethical requirements logically imposed on individual action hold equally for the supportive state as a community of rights, whose chief function is to maintain and promote the universal human rights to freedom and well-being. Such social afflictions as unemployment, homelessness, and poverty are basic violations of these rights, which the supportive state is required to overcome. A critical alternative to both "liberal" and "communitarian" views, this book will command the attention of anyone engaged in the debate over social and economic justice.

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