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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 17, 1992

John M. Whelan, Jr.
Pages 427-442

Contractualism and the Right to Aid

In this paper I try to defend three claims: first, that there is a requirement to aid and a correlative right to be aided; second, that the conditions under which this right applies can be precisely stated and given a convincing contractualist rationale; and third, that the existence of this right has no relevance for the justifiability of social welfare programs.

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