The Rise and Decline of Integrity

18 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019 Last revised: 3 Jan 2020

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Jeremy Waldron

New York University School of Law

Date Written: August 26, 2019


Integrity was a major theme in Ronald Dworkin's Law's Empire, presented as the upshot of a difficult and convoluted argument in Ch. 6 of that book. In Dworkin's work since 1986, he has said less and less about integrity — certainly less and less about the difficult and convoluted argument. I argue that this is a pity, because the 1986 argument, challenging though it was, developed important connections between legality, legitimacy, disagreement, and respect for one's political opponents. It would have been good to see this argument refreshed in the new jurisprudence of Justice for Hedgehogs.

Keywords: Chain Novel, Disagreement, Dworkin, Integrity, Jurisprudence, Legitimacy, Respect

Suggested Citation

Waldron, Jeremy, The Rise and Decline of Integrity (August 26, 2019). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-49, Available at SSRN: or

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