Ronald Dworkin

Dworkin, Ronald Myles

Ronald Myles Dworkin, 1931–2013, American legal philosopher. b. Worcester, Mass. A professor at Yale (1962–75), Oxford (1969–98), New York Univ. (1975–2013), and University College London (1998–2013), Dworkin's work such as Taking Rights Seriously (1977) rejects the positivist conceptions of law prevalent among legal realists and posits that rights are premised upon a comprehensive set of moral precepts that make individual rights comprehensible. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and frequent commentator on constitutional questions, Dworkin criticized as unworkable Robert Bork's notion of basing contemporary jurisprudence on the "original intent" of the authors of the constitution. His other works include A Matter of Principle (1985), Law's Empire (1986), Life's Dominion (1993), and Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution (1996). Justice for Hedgehogs (2011) is a summing up of his work in the law and moral and political philosophy.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Dworkin as an Originalist
Goldsworthy, Jeffrey.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2000
The Political Classics: Green to Dworkin
Murray Forsyth; Maurice Keens-Soper.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Law, Language, and Legal Determinacy
Brian Bix.
Clarendon Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Ronald Dworkin's Right Answer Thesis"
Liberalism, Justice, and Markets: A Critique of Liberal Equality
Colin M. Macleod.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Norm and Nature: The Movements of Legal Thought
Roger A. Shiner.
Clarendon Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Interpretation and Semantics"
Law and Interpretation: Essays in Legal Philosophy
Andrei Marmor.
Clarendon Press, 1997
Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies
Stanley Fish.
Clarendon Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 16 "Still Wrong After All These Years"
Objectivity in Law
Nicos Stavropoulos.
Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Substantive Disagreement and Indeterminacy"
Inclusive Legal Positivism
W. J. Waluchow.
Clarendon Press, 1994
The Gospel According to Dworkin
Perry, Michael J.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 11, No. 1, Winter 1994
Interpretation and Philosophy: Dworkin's Constitution
Foley, Edward B.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1997
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