Module VI: Rights Based Virtue

Rights Based Ethics

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

John Locke (1632-1704)

a "negative morality"

But even more, is this a "dark morality"

What does it say about human nature?

Key texts:
John Locke "Of Property"
Declaration of Independence
Bill of Rights

More specificially, we might pair:

"On Property" and "The Declaration of Independence" and

"Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery" from Leviathan and The Bill of Rights

That is, both Locke and Hobbes tend to end up in a similar place on the subject of rights, but they arrive their differently.

Ronald Dworkin, Robert  Nozick

Negative Rights (the right to be "left alone") v. Positive (or affirmative) Rights

Criticism of Rights Based Ethic: produces an individualistic, alientative society. 

"Get Off of My Cloud" (Rolling Stones)

"Get Off of My Cloud" (Rolling Stones later live version)

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Self-interest, self-interest rightly understood

"Greed is Good” speech from "Wall Street" (1987)

"Greed is Good" revisited from "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010)