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- Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 392 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 25mm | 544g
- Publication date: 1 November 1978
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
- ISBN 10: 0674867114
- ISBN 13: 9780674867116
- Sales rank: 323,201
A landmark work of political and legal philosophy, Ronald Dworkin's 'Taking Rights Seriously' was acclaimed as a major work on its first publication in 1977 and remains profoundly influential in the 21st century. A forceful statement of liberal principles - championing the legal, moral and political rights of the individual against the state - Dworkin demolishes prevailing utilitarian and legal-positivist approaches to jurisprudence.
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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.
The most important work in jurisprudence since H. L. .A. Hart's The Concept of Law and, from a philosophical point of view at least, the most sophisticated contribution to that subject yet made by an American writer... Dworkin's essays are brilliantly written ... [T]he book is remarkable in its unity and technical assurance. The New York Review of Books It is a rare treat --important, original philosophy that is also a pleasure to read. Dworkin argues vigorously, imaginatively and elegantly. The Yale Law Review In a series of beautifully written, mutually supportive essays, Dworkin applies the theory of rights or his own version of the theory to the case of judicial decision-making. The New Republic The most significant book oil philosophy of law in this decade and surely one of the more interesting ones of the century. Ethics Dworkin's writing launches a frontal attack on the two concepts, utilitarianism and legal positivism, that have dominated Anglo-American jurisprudence in the 20th century... Dworkins theories have created shock waves among jurisprudential scholars. Time Magazine
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'It is a rare treat--important, original philosophy that is also a pleasure to read. Dworkin argues vigorously, imaginatively, and elegantly.' -- 'The Yale Law Review'
Table of contents
Introduction 1. Jurisprudence 2. The Model of Rules I 3. The Model of Rules II 4. Hard Cases 5. Constitutional Cases 6. Justice and Rights 7. Taking Rights Seriously 8. Civil Disobedience 9. Reverse Discrimination 10. Liberty and Moralism 11. Liberty and Liberalism 12. What Rights Do We Have? 13. Can Rights be Controversial? Appendix: A Reply to Critics Index