Henry Shue

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Henry Shue
Born (1940-03-24) March 24, 1940 (age 80)[1]
Era21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsMerton College
Doctoral studentsSeth Lazar
Main interests
political philosophy, moral philosophy

Henry Greyson Shue (born March 24, 1940) is an American philosopher and Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Relations at Merton College of Oxford University. Previously he was Wyn and William Y Hutchinson Professor of Ethics & Public Life at Cornell University. Shue is best known for his book, Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy.[2][3][4][5]


  • Basic Rights (Princeton 1980; 2nd edition, 1996) ISBN 9780691029290
  • Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection
  • Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

Edited Books[edit]

  • Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification, co-edited with David Rodin, Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780199565993
  • Nuclear Deterrence and Moral Restraint: Critical Choices for American Strategy (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy)
  • Climate Ethics: Essential Readings
  • The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones
  • Just and Unjust Warriors: The Moral and Legal Status of Soldiers
  • Climate Justice: Integrating Economics and Philosophy
  • The Border That Joins: Mexican Migrants & U. S. Responsibility (Maryland Studies in Public Philosophy)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900–1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 535.
  2. ^ Payne, Michael (June 2008). "Henry Shue on Basic Rights". Essays in Philosophy. 9 (2). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ Kiper, Jordan (2 April 2011). "Henry Shue on Basic Rights: A Defense". Human Rights Review. 12 (4): 505–514. doi:10.1007/s12142-011-0197-8. ISSN 1524-8879.
  4. ^ Wellman, Carl (1981). "Review of Basic Rights". Human Rights Quarterly. 3 (3): 144–147. doi:10.2307/761904. JSTOR 761904.
  5. ^ Ashford, Elizabeth (December 2009). "In What Sense Is the Right to Subsistence a Basic Right?". Journal of Social Philosophy. 40 (4): 488–503. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9833.2009.01467.x. ISSN 0047-2786.

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