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Do People have the Right to Life?
Philosophy

harpagus
May 29, 2007
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nbcrusader
May 29, 2007
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If we are going to recognize any form of "rights", the right to life would be at the top of the list.

 
rolanderikson
May 29, 2007
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Rebuttal to: harpagus Show

That makes no sense. Why shouldn't people have the right to live their lives? Of course if you are a murderer you obviously have no right to live, but as for good, law abiding humans, there is no reason why we shouldn't defend their right to life. As for the example you gave, both people have the right to live whether their needs may or may not cause another not to have enough food, that is simply a fact of life. Life isn't fair, but that doesn't mean we should deny people their right to live simply because it may intrude on someone else's life.



 
gogopoet
May 29, 2007
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Who said anything about fundamental or universal rights? All rights are social constructs, nothing more, nothing less. If a society is going to construct rights, why or why not include a right to life?

 
gogopoet
May 29, 2007
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Why does a right have to be innate to exist? It doesn't. If we can proclaim a right to habeous corpus, we can proclaim a right to life. The question posed on this thread is; has that been done?

 
fathertime
Oct 27, 2011
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You explicitly state in your "universal rights" number one that people have the right to live. If that right did not exist, how could you fight for it?

 
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harpagus
May 29, 2007
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There are no fundamental human rights as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights might suggest.

There are no universal anythings. The following universal rights exist only: (1) The right to fight for your right to life, and (2) The right to own your own thoughts, feelings and emotions - but not express them

Take the right to life - if it really did exist then one persons right to life may impact on someone elses right to life (say for instance there ar two people and only enough food, air and oxygen for one) one person being alive is adversely affecting anothers persons right to life therefore the right to life does not exist.

 
harpagus
May 29, 2007
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Wgere is that truth that is universally received without doubt or question, as it must be if innate? Certainly the right to life does not qualify - simply because you are alive doesn't mean that you have an inherent right to it.

Fundamental rights can only be rights that someone else can not take away from you.
Who are you or I to make assumptions about the right to life accross the whole world, in cultures where human sacrifices for religion were rampant, who are we to tell them they this practice is wrong and that they shouldn't be taking a life to (in their understanding) provide rain and a good harvest etc for the rest of the people. If someone can impinge on your right and take it away, who are we to say that their actions are evil and should be condemned.

Your right to life defense has a cultural perspecdtive stamped into it. Just because people in one culture value life does not mean that there is a universal right to life. you only have the right to fight for your survival, nothing more.

 
ynhs
Nov 01, 2011
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No.
It is practical to assign pretend 'rights' to a society of people to prevent discord, but in the end there is no such right, and especially if an individual induces significant immorality or suffering, it is expedient to kill them (though it may not always be moral).

 


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