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dc.contributor.advisorAshford, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorTomalty, Jesse
dc.coverage.spatial180en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-16T11:02:05Z
dc.date.available2012-04-16T11:02:05Z
dc.date.issued2012-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/2556
dc.description.abstractThe central question I address is whether the inclusion of a right to subsistence among human rights can be justified. The human right to subsistence is conventionally interpreted as a fundamental right to a basic living standard characterized as having access to the material means for subsistence. It is widely thought to entail duties of protection against deprivation and duties of assistance in acquiring access to the material means for subsistence (Shue 1996, Nickel, 2004, Griffin 2008). The inclusion of a right to subsistence among human rights interpreted in this way has been met with considerable resistance, particularly on the part of those who argue that fundamental rights cannot entail positive duties (Cranston 1983, Narveson 2004, O’Neill 1996, 2000, 2005). My purpose in this dissertation is to consider whether a plausible interpretation of the human right to subsistence can succeed in overcoming the most forceful and persistent objections to it. My main thesis is that a minimal interpretation of the human right to subsistence according to which it is a right not to be deprived of access to the means for subsistence provides the strongest interpretation of this right. Although the idea that the human right to subsistence correlates with negative duties is not new, discussion of these duties has been overshadowed in the literature by debate over the positive duties conventionally thought to be entailed by it. I show that the human right to subsistence interpreted as a right not to be deprived of access to the means for subsistence makes an important contribution to reasoning about the normative implications of global poverty.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
dc.subjectGlobal justiceen_US
dc.subjectHuman rightsen_US
dc.subjectGlobal povertyen_US
dc.subjectSubsistenceen_US
dc.subjectRightsen_US
dc.subject.lccJC571.T7
dc.subject.lcshHuman rightsen_US
dc.subject.lcshBasic needsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPovertyen_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial justiceen_US
dc.titleOn subsistence and human rightsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US


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