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