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Overview

How should a judge's moral convictions bear on his judgments about what the law is? 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. 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.

About the Author:
Ronald Dworkin is Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University and Jeremy Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London

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Editorial Reviews

Michigan Law Review

Ronald Dworkin, one of the nation's foremost legal philosophers, has solidified his legacy with his latest book. Justice in Robes presents a synthesis of Dworkin's jurisprudential theory… Most intriguingly, Justice in Robes includes several chapters challenging the leading proponents of competing jurisprudential theories. Accessible, provocative, and enlivened by frequent clash, [the book] offers an ideal primer for students beginning their study of jurisprudence, and the book also rewards close scrutiny by scholars who are already familiar with Dworkin's philosophy.
— Tom Liniger

New Republic

For over three decades, Ronald Dworkin has been the most influential and illuminating analyst of the view that judges can or should merely 'follow the law.'
— Cass Sunstein

Metapsychology Online

Dworkin's Justice in Robes is bound to interest and challenge any student of law, philosophy of law, and philosophy in general. While the essays most directly address the question 'What makes a proposition of law true or false?' they contain a more general analysis of influential philosophical doctrines such as pragmatism, positivism, and pluralism. The lessons of Justice in Robes, therefore, go beyond the field of philosophy of law and reach to the areas of metaphysics, philosophy or language, ethics, and politics.
— Tatiana Patrone

New York Review of Books

The underlying question is of the first importance—How do we reconcile the rule of law with judges' deployment of their own values and their own theories of the good society?—and on that there is enough here that is new and important to make the book well worth reading for anyone interested in the law… Justice in Robes does more to open up new options in our thinking about the rule of law than a whole library full of books by opinionated pragmatists or by the careful conceptual purveyors of a purely analytic jurisprudence.
— Jeremy Waldron

Times Literary Supplement

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

Michigan Law Review - Tom Liniger
Ronald Dworkin, one of the nation's foremost legal philosophers, has solidified his legacy with his latest book. Justice in Robes presents a synthesis of Dworkin's jurisprudential theory… Most intriguingly, Justice in Robes includes several chapters challenging the leading proponents of competing jurisprudential theories. Accessible, provocative, and enlivened by frequent clash, [the book] offers an ideal primer for students beginning their study of jurisprudence, and the book also rewards close scrutiny by scholars who are already familiar with Dworkin's philosophy.
New Republic - Cass Sunstein
For over three decades, Ronald Dworkin has been the most influential and illuminating analyst of the view that judges can or should merely 'follow the law.'
Metapsychology Online - Tatiana Patrone
Dworkin's Justice in Robes is bound to interest and challenge any student of law, philosophy of law, and philosophy in general. While the essays most directly address the question 'What makes a proposition of law true or false?' they contain a more general analysis of influential philosophical doctrines such as pragmatism, positivism, and pluralism. The lessons of Justice in Robes, therefore, go beyond the field of philosophy of law and reach to the areas of metaphysics, philosophy or language, ethics, and politics.
New York Review of Books - Jeremy Waldron
The underlying question is of the first importance—How do we reconcile the rule of law with judges' deployment of their own values and their own theories of the good society?—and on that there is enough here that is new and important to make the book well worth reading for anyone interested in the law… Justice in Robes does more to open up new options in our thinking about the rule of law than a whole library full of books by opinionated pragmatists or by the careful conceptual purveyors of a purely analytic jurisprudence.
Times Literary Supplement - Neil Maccormick
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674027275
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Dworkin was Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Law and Morals
  • 1. Pragmatism and Law
  • 2. In Praise of Theory
  • 3. Darwin’s New Bulldog
  • 4. Moral Pluralism
  • 5. Originalism and Fidelity
  • 6. Hart’s Postscript and the Point of Political Philosophy
  • 7. Thirty Years On
  • 8. The Concepts of Law
  • 9. Rawls and the Law
  • Notes
  • Sources
  • Index

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