Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Law - 427 pages
Written by the world's best-known political and legal theorist, Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution is a collection of essays that discuss almost all of the great constitutional issues of the last two decades, including abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment,homosexuality, pornography, and free speech.Professor Dworkin offers a consistently liberal view of the Constitution and argues that fidelity to it and to law demands that judges make moral judgments. He proposes that we all interpret the abstract language of the Constitution by reference to moral principles about political decency andjustice. His `moral reading therefore brings political morality into the heart of constitutional law.The various chapters of this book were originally published separately and are now drawn together to provide the reader with a rich, full-length treatment of Dworkin's general theory of law.
 

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Dworkin (jurisprudence, Oxford; law, New York Univ.) is one of today's most thoughtful and influential legal philosophers. Over the last dozen years, he has explored the boundaries of the state's ... Read full review

Contents

The Moral Reading and
1
LIFE DEATH AND RACE
39
SPEECH CONSCIENCE AND SEX
163
The Senates Responsibility
265
What Borks Defeat Meant
276
Does Britain Need a Bill of Rights?
352
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Ronald Dworkin divides his time between Oxford and New York. He lives in London from January to June and in New York from October to December each year. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Yale Universities and has taught in all leading universities in the US as a visitingprofessor. His books have been translated into eleven languages.

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