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The Legacy of Ronald Dworkin

Wil Waluchow and Stefan Sciaraffa


This book comprises sixteen papers selected from the 2014 McMaster University Philosophy of Law Conference (lawconf.mcmaster.ca) on the legacy of Ronald Dworkin (lawconf.mcmaster.ca). These pieces touch upon many aspects of Ronald Dworkin’s wide-ranging contributions to philosophy and jurisprudence, including his theory of value, political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of international law, and legal philosophy. The book’s organizing principle and theme reflects Dworkin’s self-conception as a builder of a unified theory of value. Part I addresses the most abstract and general aspect ... More

Keywords: Ronald Dworkin, political philosophy, jurisprudence, dignity, equality, legitimacy, legal positivism, legal nonpositivism, constructive interpretation, authority

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190466411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190466411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wil Waluchow, editor
Senator William McMaster Chair in Constitutional Studies, McMaster University Department of Philosophy, Ontario, Canada

Stefan Sciaraffa, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

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Part I The Unity of Value

Part II Political Values: Legitimacy, Authority, and Collective Responsibility

Part III General Jurisprudence: Contesting the Unity of Law and Value

6 Putting Law in Its Place

Lawrence G. Sager *

7 Dworkin and Unjust Law

David Dyzenhaus *

8 The Grounds of Law

Luís Duarte d’Almeida *

9 Immodesty in Dworkin’s Theory

Kenneth Einar Himma *

11 A Theory of Legal Obligation

Christopher Essert*

Part IV Value in Law

13 Was Dworkin an Originalist?

Lawrence A. Alexander

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