Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation

Jeremy Waldron

New York University School of Law; University of Oxford

June 7, 2013

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-39

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."

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Keywords: adjudication, dignity, Dworkin, integrity, law, legality, positivism, rights, right answer thesis, rule of law, separation thesis

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Date posted: June 9, 2013 ; Last revised: July 11, 2013

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

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