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8 Law & Phil. 1 (1989)

handle is hein.journals/lwphil8 and id is 1 raw text is: PREFACE

The papers included in this issue were presented in a conference
Rights and the Philosophy of Law: Legal, Moral and Political Ques-
tions, held at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, March
25-27, 1988. The meeting was planned and organized by Professor
Eugenio Bulygin (Buenos Aires), Professor Alan Goldman (Miami),
Professor Carlos Nino (Buenos Aires), Professor Howard Pospesel
(Miami), and the undersigned. Our main purpose was to bring to-
gether a group of philosophers and legal scholars from Europe, South
and North America to discuss the logical, moral and political questions
concerning human rights and the concept of right in general. The
University of Miami campus in Coral Gables provided an ideal venue
for such a meeting - especially during the month of March.
A wide variety of questions related to the concept of right were
discussed at the meeting: the role of the concepts of duty and right in
our understanding of moral and political life (Joseph Raz, 'Liberating
Duties'); the concepts of discretion and right as legal techniques (Neil
MacCormick, 'Discretion and rights'); the communitarian vs. the
liberal view of rights (Carlos Nino, The Communitarian Challenge to
Liberal Rights'); the conceptual difficulties related to the rights of
peoples and other collectivities (David Makinson, 'On Attributing
Rights to All Peoples: Some Logical Questions'); the possibility of
inconsistencies among rights and values (Roberto Vernengo, 'Human
Rights and Axiological Inconsistencies'); and the history of the con-
cepts of right and privilege in American law (Patrick O. Gudridge,
'Privileges and Permissions: The Civil Rights Act of 1875'). The
conference was not exclusively devoted to the concept of right: there
were also discussions on the nature of legal and moral reasoning (Alan
Goldman, 'Legal Reasoning as a Model for Moral Reasoning'), the
nature and function of political theory, the concepts of legal ability
and competence, on norm conflicts, and on the relationship between

Law and Philosophy 8: 1-2, 1989.
© 1989 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.

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