Rights, Moral Values and Natural Facts: a reply to Mary Midgley on the problem of child‐abuse

DAVID ARCHARD*

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Mary Midgley asserts that my argument concerning the problem of child‐abuse was inappropriately framed in the language of rights, and neglected certain pertinent natural facts. I defend the view that the use of rights‐talk was both apposite and did not misrepresent the moral problem in question. I assess the status and character of the natural facts Midgley adduces in criticism of my case, concluding that they do not obviously establish the conclusions she believes they do. Finally I briefly respond to the charge that my suggestions were illiberal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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  • Philosophy

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