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WHOSE RIGHTS, AND WHAT's THE DIFFERENCE? A CRITIQUE OF BETH SINGER'S “HUMAN RIGHTS: SOME CURRENT ISSUES”

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Abstract:

In this article I argue against the rights-based framework defining the abortion debate, and do so by considering the views of Beth Singer, a philosopher whose work conveys a broadly pragmatist formulation of traditional rights-based language. Although Singer's schema presents a fruitful vantage point from which to consider the abortion question through the discourse of rights, even Singer's use of the language of rights ultimately fails adequately to address the subject. I challenge Singer's view by taking up John Dewey's concept of reflective morality, elucidated in his 1932 Ethics.

Keywords: Beth Singer; John Dewey; abortion; autonomy; generic rights; reflective morality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9973.2007.00492.x

Affiliations: Department of English and Philosophy, Faculty Hall 7-C, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071, USA, Email: Cynthia.gayman@murraystate.edu

Publication date: 2007-07-01

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