Natural Rights and the Right to Choose
By (author) Hadley Arkes
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Natural Rights and the Right to Choose by Hadley Arkes
Book DescriptionOver the last thirty years the American political class has come to talk itself out of the doctrines of 'natural rights' that formed the main teaching of the American Founders and Abraham Lincoln. With that move, it has removed the ground for its own rights. Ironically, this transition has been made without awareness, with a serene conviction that constitutional rights are being expanded. In the name of 'privacy' and 'autonomy', new claims of liberty have been unfolded, all of them bound up in some way with the notion of sexual freedom. The 'right to choose an abortion' has been the 'right' to shift the political class from doctrines of natural right. This new right overturned the liberal jurisprudence of the New Deal, placing jurisprudence on a different foundation. If there is a right to abortion, it has been detached from the logic of natural rights and stripped of moral substance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521604789
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hadley Arkes
Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths, Hardback (May 2010)
Arkes re-examines legal cases and concepts long thought settled, finding that their meaning is far less clear than commonly accepted.
Natural Rights and the Right to Choose, Hardback (September 2002)» View all books by Hadley Arkes
This book argues that the 'right to abortion' has shifted American politics away from the doctrine of natural rights held by the Founders.
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Author Biography - Hadley Arkes
Professor Hadley Arkes is Edward Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst, and has published many books on moral philosophy and constitutional law, including Beyond the Constitution (1990). A writer for journals such as The Wall Street Journal and Commentary, he has influenced public policy as an architect of the Defense of Marriage Act and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
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