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A Matter of Principle
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Introduction I: The Political Basis of Law 1. Political Judges and the Rule of Law 2. The Forum of Principle 3. Principle, Policy, Procedure 4. Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Protest II: Law as Interpretation 5. Is There Really No Right Answer in Hard Cases? 6. How Law Is Like Literature 7. On Interpretation and Objectivity III: Liberalism and Justice 8. Liberalism 9. Why Liberals Should Care about Equality 10. What Justice Isn't 11. Can a Liberal State Support Art? IV: The Economic View of Law 12. Is Wealth a Value? 13. Why Efficiency? V: Reverse Discrimination 14. Bakke's Case: Are Quotas Unfair? 15. What Did Bakke Really Decide? 16. How to Read the Civil Rights Act VI: Censorship and a Free Press 17. Do We Have a Right to Pornography? 18. The Farber Case: Reporters and Informers 19. Is the Press Losing the First Amendment? Notes Index

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Ronald Dworkin was Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University.

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A philosophical feast of nineteen essays touching on a broad range of topics... The great merit of these essays is that they are not only of profound interest to the professional philosopher and the academic lawyer, they are also accessible to readers without knowledge of law, philosophy, or Mr. Dworkin.--New York Times Book Review
Dworkin not only discusses jurisprudential issues...but also provides the reader with examples of how Dworkinian analysis can provide answers to some of the difficult questions which are currently perplexing western democracies. The range is wide. Can affirmative action programmes in relation to racial discrimination be justified? Should the state subsidize the arts? Has a person a right to pornography? At a time when liberal values are under attack from both the Marxist left and the neoconservative right, this book is a refreshing--and convincing--defence of liberal thought.--Times Higher Education Supplement

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