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- DescriptionDoes recognition of the basic human right to subsistence imply that the needy are morally permitted to take and use other people's property to get out of their plight? Should we respect the exercise of this right of necessity in a variety of scenarios - from street pickpocketing and petty theft to illegal squatting and encamping? In this concise and accessible book, Alejandra Mancilla addresses these complex and controversial moral questions. The book presents a historical account of the concept of the right of necessity-from the medieval writings of Christian canists and theologians to seventeenth century natural law theory. The author then goes on to ground this right in a minimal conception of basic human rights, and proposes some necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for its exercise. She confronts the main objections that may be posed against this principle and ultimately concludes that the exercise of this right should be considered as a trigger to secure a minimum threshold of welfare provisions for everyone, everywhere.
- Author BiographyAlejandra Mancilla is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), University of Oslo, Norway. She is the co-editor of Theories of Justice (2012), and her articles have appeared, among others, in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Res Publica, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
- Author(s)Ms. Alejandra Mancilla
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield International
- Date of Publication01/08/2016
- Series TitleOff the Fence: Morality, Politics and Society
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield International
- Weight213 g
- Width152 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine10 mm
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