From Morality to the End of Reason: An Essay on Rights, Reasons, and Responsibility

2014.06.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ingmar Persson, From Morality to the End of Reason: An Essay on Rights, Reasons, and Responsibility, Oxford University Press,
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2014.06.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ingmar Persson, From Morality to the End of Reason: An Essay on Rights, Reasons, and Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2013, 328pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199676552. Reviewed by Ishtiyaque Haji, University of Calgary Ingmar Persson proposes that common-sense morality, deeply rooted in evolution, includes principles that display a sort of asymmetry: we have stronger reasons not to perform some actions than we have to perform any actions. One principle is the doctrine of negative rights (DNR): we have moral rights against others that they do not interfere with us and our property, but no rights that they "help us to sustain ourselves or our property" (p. 1). A second is the act-omission doctrine (AOD): with certain harms, there are stronger moral reasons against causing them than against not preventing them. Two other constituents of this morality are the doctrine of double effect (DDE): "there are. . .

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