WHOSE RIGHTS, AND WHAT's THE DIFFERENCE? A CRITIQUE OF BETH SINGER'S “HUMAN RIGHTS: SOME CURRENT ISSUES”
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of English and Philosophy, Faculty Hall 7-C, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071, USA, Email: Cynthia.email@example.com
Publication date: 2007-07-01