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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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Ronald Dworkin

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Edited by: Arthur Ripstein

ISBN13: 9780521664127
Published: July 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.99

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Ronald Dworkin occupies a distinctive place in both public life and philosophy. In public life, he is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and other widely read journals. In philosophy, he has written important and influential works on many of the most prominent issues in legal and political philosophy. In both cases, his interventions have in part shaped the debates he joined. His opposition to Robert Bork's nomination for the United States Supreme Court gave new centrality to debates about the public role of judges and the role of original intent in constitutional interpretation.

His writings in legal philosophy have reoriented the modern debate about legal positivism and natural law. In political philosophy, he has shaped the ways in which people debate the nature of equality and has reframed debates about the sanctity of life.

  • Leading figures in each of the major debates in which Ronald Dworkin has engaged offer essays that are both accessible and original
  • Provides both an overview of and engagement with Dworkin's key arguments
  • Aims to explain Dworkin's work to people in the wide range of disciplines influenced by his work

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Introduction: anti-Archimedeanism Arthur Ripstein
1. The 'Hart Dworkin debate: a short guide for the perplexed Scott J. Shapiro
2. The rule of law as the rule of liberal principle David Dyzenhaus
3. Liberty and equality Arthur Ripstein
4. Rights, responsibilities, and reflections upon the sanctity of life James E. Fleming and Benjamin C. Zipursky
5. Hercules, Abraham Lincoln, the United States Constitution, and the problem of slavery Sanford Levinson.