Human Rights and Civil Rights

By Prof. John Arthur
Read by Robert Guillaume

The Morality in Our Age Series

2.93 Hours 01/22/2006 unabridged
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Only a few hundred years ago there emerged the ideal of inalienable rights to life, liberty, property, free speech, freedom of conscience and religion, etc. Yet rights now are routinely claimed to include health care, employment, housing, and education; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights even lists paid vacations. Are rights bestowed by government, or do we possess them simply because we are human? Do we have a “right” to all things we need for a full human life—even if it obligates others to provide them? The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today’s most pressing moral challenges. Though a final “answer” is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you’ll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today’s most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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Only a few hundred years ago there emerged the ideal of inalienable rights to life, liberty, property, free speech, freedom of conscience and religion, etc. Yet rights now are routinely claimed to include health care, employment, housing, and education; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights even lists paid vacations. Are rights bestowed by government, or do we possess them simply because we are human? Do we have a “right” to all things we need for a full human life—even if it obligates others to provide them?

The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today’s most pressing moral challenges. Though a final “answer” is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you’ll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today’s most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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Author Bio: Prof. John Arthur

John Arthur (1946–2007) was a professor of philosophy and an expert in legal theory, constitutional theory, social ethics, and political philosophy. He taught at a number of universities, including Brandeis University, Harvard University, the College of Charleston, and the State University of New York at Binghamton. Arthur also wrote several books, including The Unfinished Constitution, Words That Bind, Judicial Review and the Grounds of Modern Constitutional Practice, and Race, Equality, and the Burdens of History, which was published after his death. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 2.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English