Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation
9 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2013 Last revised: 11 Jul 2013
Date Written: June 7, 2013
This is a brief tribute to Ronald Dworkin and an overview of the contributions that he made to jurisprudence. It is a written version of remarks that were presented at the Memorial Service for Professor Dworkin, at St. John's Smith Square, London, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The remarks cover his view of adjudication, the right answer thesis, and the obligation that lawyers, scholars and judges have to the whole body of the law. It also covers the view – which I call the artery of Dworkin's jurisprudence – that legal reasoning is a form of moral reasoning. And it relates all this to the unifying ideas about dignity in "Justice for Hedgehogs."
Keywords: adjudication, dignity, Dworkin, integrity, law, legality, positivism, rights, right answer thesis, rule of law, separation thesis
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