Wolterstorff on Grounding Rights in the Golden Rule

From Center for Christian Thought Studio Interviews

Philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff responds to Hunsinger's Golden Rule Theory with a series of objections. He confronts Hunsinger's definition of "human rights" and challenges the variability of Hunsinger's concept, illustrated by the Alzheimer's patient and the masochist.

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    • Steven Reynolds
    • over 4 years ago

    Limiting a discussion to only those rights human _persons_ enjoy is an incredibly subtle yet exclusionary act, which immediately takes only the middle section of the bell curve of human experience. I wonder if Wolterstorff views excluding humans who are not fully operative as human persons from models of morality or in documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as dangerous, or at least short-sighted.

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