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The Resource What are freedoms for?, John H. Garvey

What are freedoms for?, John H. Garvey

Label
What are freedoms for?
Title
What are freedoms for?
Statement of responsibility
John H. Garvey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We generally suppose that it is our right to freedom that allows us to make the choices that shape our lives. The right to have an abortion is called "freedom of choice" because, it is said, a woman should be free to choose between giving birth and not doing so. Freedom of speech protects us whether we want to salute the flag or burn it. There is a correlative principle: one choice is as good as another. Freedom is not a right that makes moral judgments. It lets us do what we want. John Garvey disputes both propositions. We should understand freedom, he maintains, as a right to act, not a right to choose; and furthermore, we should view freedom as a right to engage in actions that are good and valuable. This may seem obvious, but it inverts a central principle of liberalism - the idea that the right is prior to the good. Thus friendship is a good thing; and one reason the Constitution protects freedom of association is that it gives us the space to form friendships. This book casts doubt on the idea that freedoms are bilateral rights that allow us to make contradictory choices: to speak or remain silent, to believe in God or to disbelieve, to abort or to give birth to a child. Garvey argues that the goodness of childbearing does not entail the goodness of abortion; and if freedom follows from the good, then freedom to do the first does not entail freedom to do the second. Each action must have its own justification. Garvey holds that if the law is to protect freedoms it is permissible - indeed, it is necessary - to make judgments about the goodness and badness of actions
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Garvey, John H.
Index
index present
LC call number
JC585
LC item number
.G345 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Liberty
  • Civil rights
Label
What are freedoms for?, John H. Garvey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [263]-303) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35243394
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 312 pages
Isbn
9780674319295
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
96023282
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
What are freedoms for?, John H. Garvey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [263]-303) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35243394
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 312 pages
Isbn
9780674319295
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
96023282
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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