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Getting Rights out of Wrongs

Tuesday 23 April 2019, 12.00PM to 2.00pm

Speaker(s): Professor Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick)

Sometimes, we gain new moral rights by acting wrongly. Sometimes, we gain new moral rights (in addition to restitution rights) from other people acting wrongly. This paper presents a typology of these rights. It then analyses why some wrongs can change the moral ballgame in this way to give us new rights, and other wrongs cannot. Finally, the paper examines two ultimately unsuccessful strategies to resist this analysis of wrong-generated rights. The first strategy pertains to the defeasibility of rights. The second strategy pertains to their conditionality.

Location: Spring Lane Building, room SLB/204

Admission: All welcome