Chapter 2: The most fundamental question: What justification, if any?
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The most fundamental question we can ask, in interrogating the morality of human rights, is this: What reason or reasons do we have, if any, to accept, rather than reject, the morality of human rights - to live our lives, and to do what we reasonably can to get our governments to conduct their affairs, in accord with the morality of human rights? My focus in this chapter is on secular (nonreligious) responses to that question. I explain why the two most common secular responses - the “natural law” response and the “human dignity” response - are inadequate. I then offer my own response: the “agapaistic” response.

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