• A Matter of Principle See large image

    A Matter of Principle (Paperback) By (author) Ronald M. Dworkin

    Hard to find title available from Book Depository

    $45.12 - Save $8.09 15% off - RRP $53.21 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 3 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionThis is a book about the interplay of urgent political issues and hotly debated questions of moral philosophy. The controversies it joins are old; but history has given them fresh shape. For example, whether judges should and do make law is now of more practical importance than ever before, as recent presidents have appointed enough justices to the Supreme Court to set its character for a generation. With forceful style, Ronald Dworkin addresses questions about the Anglo-American legal system as protector of individual rights and as machinery for furthering the common good. He discusses whether judges should make political decisions in hard cases; the balancing of individual rights versus the good of the community; whether a person has the right to do what society views as wrong; and the meaning of equality in any framework of social justice. Dworkin strongly opposes the idea that judges should aim at maximizing social wealth. It is his conviction that the area of discretion for judges is severely limited, that in a mature legal system one can always find in existing law a right answer for hard cases. Dworkin helps us thread our way through many timely issues such as the rights and privileges of the press under the First Amendment. He reviews the "Bakke" case, which tested affirmative action programs. These essays also examine civil disobedience, especially in nuclear protests, and bring new perspective to the debate over support of the arts. Above all, this is a book about the interplay between two levels of our political consciousness: practical problems and philosophical theory, matters of urgency and matters of principle. The concluding essay on press freedom expands the discussion of conflict between principle and policy into a warning. Though some defenders of the press blend the two in order to expand freedom of speech, the confusion they create does disservice to their aim and jeopardizes the genuine and fragile right of free speech. We stand in greater danger of compromising that right than of losing the most obvious policy benefits of powerful investigative reporting and should therefore beware the danger to liberty of confusing the two. The caution is general. If we care so little for principle that we dress policy in its colors when this suits our purpose, we cheapen principle and diminish its authority.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for A Matter of Principle

    Title
    A Matter of Principle
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ronald M. Dworkin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 553 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674554610
    ISBN 10: 0674554612
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27780
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HPQ
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    Ingram Subject Code: LE
    Libri: I-LE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    DC22: 340/.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 340.1
    BISAC V2.8: POL014000
    DC21: 340.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LAW000000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: E10404800
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: KF380 .D85 1985, KF380.D85
    Thema V1.0: QDTQ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 October 1986
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Ronald Dworkin is Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University. He is the 2007 recipient of the Holberg International Memorial Prize.
    Back cover copy
    This is a book about fundamental theoretical issues of political philosophy and jurisprudence: about what liberalism is and why we still need it; whether we should be skeptical about law and morality; how collective prosperity should be defined; what interpretation is and how far law is a matter of interpretation rather than invention. It is also a practical book about urgent political issues. It is above all, a book about the interplay between these two levels of our political consciousness: practical problems and philosophical theory, matters of urgency and matters of principle.
    Table of contents
    Introduction I: The Political Basis of Law 1. Political Judges and the Rule of Law 2. The Forum of Principle 3. Principle, Policy, Procedure 4. Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Protest II: Law as Interpretation 5. Is There Really No Right Answer in Hard Cases? 6. How Law Is Like Literature 7. On Interpretation and Objectivity III: Liberalism and Justice 8. Liberalism 9. Why Liberals Should Care about Equality 10. What Justice Isn't 11. Can a Liberal State Support Art? IV: The Economic View of Law 12. Is Wealth a Value? 13. Why Efficiency? V: Reverse Discrimination 14. Bakke's Case: Are Quotas Unfair? 15. What Did Bakke Really Decide? 16. How to Read the Civil Rights Act VI: Censorship and a Free Press 17. Do We Have a Right to Pornography? 18. The Farber Case: Reporters and Informers 19. Is the Press Losing the First Amendment? Notes Index