Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice is a collection of essays of the moral and political philosophy of Jan Narveson. The essays in this collection share a consistent theme running through much of Narveson's moral and political philosophy, namely that politics and morals stem from the interests of individual people, and have no antecedent authority over us. The essays in this collection, in various ways and as applied to various aspects of the scene, argue that the ultimate and true point of politics and morals is to enable us to make our lives better, according to our varied senses of what that might mean.
Jan Narveson is professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Utilitarianism and Formalism Chapter 4 A Puzzle about Economic Justice in Rawl's Theory Chapter 5 Marxism: Hollow at the Core Chapter 6 On Recent Arguments for Egalitarianism Chapter 7 Moral Realism, Emotivism, and Natural Law Chapter 8 Justice as Pure Efficiency: Pareto Efficiency, Justice and the Free Market-A Pure Efficiency Conception of Justice Chapter 9 Toward a Liberal Theory of Ideology-A Quasi-Marxian Exploration Chapter 10 Property Rights: Original Acquisition and Lockean Provisos Chapter 11 Deserving Profits Chapter 12 Fixing Democracy Chapter 13 The Anarchist's Case Chapter 14 Have we a Right to Nondiscrimination? Chapter 15 Collective Rights? Chapter 16 The Drug Laws: More Nails in the Coffin of American Liberalism Chapter 17 Children and Rights Chapter 18 Natural Resources, Sustainability, and the Central Committee Chapter 19 Bibliography Chapter 20 Index