Basic Rights
Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy - Second Edition
Henry Shue
With a new afterword by the author


Which human rights ought to be the first honored and the last sacrificed? In the first systematic attempt by an American philosopher to address the issue of human rights as it relates to U.S. foreign policy, Henry Shue proposes an original conception of basic rights that illuminates both the nature of moral rights generally and the determination of which specific rights are the basic ones.

Henry Shue is Wyn and William Y. Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life at Cornell University.