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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Ronald Dworkin: Selected full-text books and articles

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