Rights, justice, and duties to provide assistance: a critique of Regan's theory of rights.

Dale Jamieson

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    Abstract

    In his monograph, The Case for Animal Rights (University of California Press; 1983), Tom Regan seeks to develop an alternative moral theory to utilitarianism, and to apply it to the question of animal rights, including animal experimentation. Here Jamieson presents an overview of Regan's theory and critically examines areas in which he, Jamieson, believes it to be most problematic. He argues that Regan's theory encounters difficulties in its account of our duties to render assistance and its principles for overriding rights. Jamieson concludes that Regan has failed to develop a "compelling and dramatic alternative to utilitarian theories" and that most plausible revisions of his theory lead back in the direction of utilitarianism.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)349-362
    Number of pages14
    JournalEthics
    Volume100
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1990

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Philosophy

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