Ronald Dworkin (Jurists: Profiles in Legal Theory)

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This is a lucid and comprehensive introduction to, and critical assessment of, Ronald Dworkin's seminal contributions to legal and political philosophy. His theories have a complexity, originality, and moral power that have excited a wide range of academic and political thinkers, and even those who disagree with him acknowledge that his ideas must be confronted and given serious consideration. His enormous output of books and papers and his formidable profusion of lectures and seminars throughout the world, in addition to his teaching duties at Oxford and New York University, have made him a giant figure in contemporary thought. In short, Dworkin's theory of law is that the nature of legal argument lies in the best moral interpretation of existing social practices. His theory of justice is that all political judgments ought to rest ultimately upon the injunction that people are equal as human beings, irrespective of the circumstances in which they are born. Dworkin does not fit into an orthodox category. His theory of law is radical in that it sees legal argument primarily about rights yet conservative in seeing it as constrained by history. He is libertarian both in valuing ambition and in asserting a right to pornography, yet socialist in believing that no person has a right to a greater share of resources than anyone else. In particular, he advocates a system that would tax people on the resources they accumulate solely through their talent alone. Because Dworkin writes for a number of audiences--sometimes the general public, sometimes academic lawyers, sometimes philosophers and economists--it is often difficult to identify the different strands of his thought. The book aims to makehis theories clear and accessible and to give an overall picture of his thinking that is sympathetic yet rigorously argued. This is the sixth book in the series Jurists: Profiles in Legal Theory.

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Stephen Guest is Professor of Legal Philosophy at University College London.

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The leading work in the field ... I know of no comparable work of this scope and depth in the study of Dworkin's work. -- David A. Richards, New York University A remarkable piece of work. It provides an invaluable survey and a sure guide to Dworkin's legal and political philosophy. Guest sets out to present a comprehensive, concise and accessible account of his work, which he has done with clarity, honesty and even the occasional hint of a smile. The leading work in the field ... I know of no comparable work of this scope and depth in the study of Dworkin's work. A remarkable piece of work. It provides an invaluable survey and a sure guide to Dworkin's legal and political philosophy. Guest sets out to present a comprehensive, concise and accessible account of his work, which he has done with clarity, honesty and even the occasional hint of a smile.

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