Justice: Rights and Wrongs by Nicholas Wolterstorff

By Nicholas Wolterstorff

Wide-ranging and impressive, Justice combines ethical philosophy and Christian ethics to strengthen an immense idea of rights and of justice as grounded in rights. Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses what it's to have a correct, and he locates rights within the admire due the value of the rights-holder. After contending that socially-conferred rights require the life of usual rights, he argues that no secular account of traditional human rights is winning; he deals as an alternative a theistic account.

Wolterstorff prefaces his systematic account of justice as grounded in rights with an exploration of the typical declare that rights-talk is inherently individualistic and possessive. He demonstrates that the belief of usual rights originated neither within the Enlightenment nor within the individualistic philosophy of the overdue center a while, yet was once already hired by way of the canon attorneys of the 12th century. He strains our intuitions approximately rights and justice again even additional, to Hebrew and Christian scriptures. After broadly discussing justice within the previous testomony and the hot, he is going directly to exhibit why historical Greek and Roman philosophy couldn't function a framework for a idea of rights.

Connecting rights and wrongs to God's courting with humankind, Justice not just deals a wealthy and compelling philosophical account of justice, but additionally makes an incredible contribution to overcoming the present-day divide among spiritual discourse and human rights.

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