Justice in Robesby Ronald Dworkin
How should a judge's moral convictions bear on his judgments about what the law is? In Justice in Robes, Ronald Dworkin argues that this question is much more complex than it has often been taken to be and charts a variety of dimensions in which law and morals are undoubtedly interwoven. Dworkin's new collection of essays and original chapters is a model of/i>… See more details below
How should a judge's moral convictions bear on his judgments about what the law is? In Justice in Robes, Ronald Dworkin argues that this question is much more complex than it has often been taken to be and charts a variety of dimensions 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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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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