Tooley On Rights.docx

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PHIL 160
Christopher Meacham

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Tooley on Rights • Right to X=? •  Proposal # ­ Right to X iff others shouldn't deprive one of X 1 Ex) Ugly lamp 1 Wrong for someone to take the lamp because you're depriving someone  of their right to property 2 Ex) S&M 1 You have a right to be in a pain free state; if I were to deprive you of  that right to that state, it would be wrong 3 It's only if you want these things that it's wrong for someone to deprive you of  these things •  Proposal # ­ Right to X iff you want X, others shouldn't deprive you of X 1 Ex) Depression 1 There isn't something wrong with shooting your depressed friend 2 Ex) Coma 1 Your friend gets hit by a car and is in a coma; Does he want his xbox,  TV, or girlfriend 1 You go to his place and take it all; there's nothing wrong with  taking his stuff 3 Ex) Hypnosis 1 Hypnotize someone into giving you all of his/her property •  Proposal # ­ Right to X iff, if you want X under normal circumstances, others shouldn't  deprive you of X. (Tooley's) Consequences of Tooley's View (Non­Trivial) Trivial right­ never puts any moral constraint on anyone If something is impossible for you to want it, you can never put any moral constraints on  it •  Tooley 1
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