Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation

9 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2013 Last revised: 11 Jul 2013

Jeremy Waldron

New York University School of Law

Date Written: June 7, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Waldron, Jeremy, Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation (June 7, 2013). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2276009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2276009

Jeremy Waldron (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10012-1099
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