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    DescriptionHow should a judge's moral convictions bear on his judgments about what the law is? Lawyers, sociologists, philosophers, politicians and judges all have answers to that question: these range from 'nothing' to 'everything'. In his new book Ronald Dworkin argues that the question is much more complex than it has often been taken to be and charts a variety of dimensions - semantic, jurisprudential and doctrinal - in which law and morals are undoubtedly interwoven. He restates and summarises his own widely discussed account of these connections, which emphasises the sovereign importance of moral principle in legal and constitutional interpretation, and then reviews and criticises the most influential rival theories to his own. He argues that pragmatism is empty as a theory of law, that value pluralism misunderstands the nature of moral concepts, that constitutional originalism reflects an impoverished view of the role of a constitution in a democratic society, and that contemporary legal positivism is based on a mistaken semantic theory and an erroneous account of the nature of authority. In the course of that critical study he discusses the work of many of the most influential lawyers and philosophers of the era, including Isaiah Berlin, Richard Posner, Cass Sunstein, Antonin Scalia, and Joseph Raz. Dworkin's new collection of essays and original chapters is a model of lucid, logical, and impassioned reasoning that will advance the crucially important debate about the roles of justice in law.

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    Justice in Robes
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    By (author) Ronald M. Dworkin
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 181 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 634 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674021679
    ISBN 10: 0674021673

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    DC22: 340.112
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    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    15 April 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Ronald Dworkin is Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University and Jeremy Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence at University College, London.
    Review quote
    Few philosophers or lawyers write with so easy and engaging a literary style as Dworkin, and the flow of his argument has striking persuasiveness He has revolutionized the way many people think about law and related subjects The power of his jurisprudence is enormous.--Neil Maccormick"Times Literary Supplement" (12/07/2007)