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Title: Rights, Duties, and Moral Conflicts
Authors: Biasetti, Pierfrancesco
Keywords: Rightsdutiesrights-duties correlativitymoral conflictmoral dilemmasymmetric moral conflict
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Pierfrancesco Biasetti, "Rights, Duties, and Moral Conflicts", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XVI (2014) 2, pp. 1042-1062
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XVI (2014) 2
In this paper I would like to make a contribution to the debate on rights-talk and duties-talk relationship and priority by addressing the problem from a peculiar angle: that of moral conflicts and dilemma. My working hypothesis is that it should be possible to identify some basic and relevant normative features of rights-talk and duties-talk by observing how they modify the description of moral conflicts. I will try to show that both rights and duties posses original and irreducible normative features, and that these latter can be employed in a general assessment of their pro and con. I will first show the conceptual relationship between rights and duties, analyzing in the process a deflationary argument for rights. Second, I will define the general features of moral conflict and dilemma. I will then analyze the different readings that can be given, taking rights or duties as standpoints, of two kinds of moral conflicts: «asymmetric» and «symmetric» conflicts.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2014) XVI/2

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