Taking Rights Seriously

Taking Rights Seriously

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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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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 0674867114
  • 9780674867116
  • 430,095

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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'

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About Ronald M. Dworkin

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.

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