Brandeis University, Philosophy Department
Spring 2008
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Philosophy 19A

Human Rights

Professor Andreas Teuber
Prof. Teuber


Taking Subsistence Rights Seriously

"Should U. S. foreign policy take subsistence rights seriously and treat them as genuine as fundamental [human] rights of other kinds are?"

    - Shue, "Basic Rights: Subsistence . . . and U. S. Foreign Policy."

Drawing on the reading and your own considered opinion and good judgment, answer the question(s) on the following pages. In arguing for your position, think of the arguments that might be made against it, and respond to them. In defending your position, offer what you believe are the most principled arguments you can make.

In thinking of objections to your argument, think of the best possible objections that someone on the other side might be able to come up with, i. e., give yourself a hard time. If you can respond to the other side at its strongest rather than at its weakest point, that can only help to strengthen your own opinion and make it that much more persuasive.

Papers should be six to seven (6-7) pages in length or longer, if you prefer, and double-spaced.

Please number pages.

We would like to have two copies, marked COPY ONE and COPY TWO.

Papers should be stapled, not held together by
Paper CLIP, Elmer's GLUE, Dentyne GUM,
SPIT, James BOND or Origami FOLD.

Final papers are due on Monday, May 5th at 10:00 AM for ALL SENIORS and by 4:30 PM on May 5th for everyone else. Please hand your papers in at the Philosophy Department Main Office which is located in Rabb 303 on the third or second floor of Rabb depending on how you count floors or where you enter the building.


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