Does Ronald Dworkin Take Rights Seriously?

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 12 (3):417 - 434 (1982)

Abstract

One of the aims of Ronald Dworkin's recent book, Taking Rights Seriously, is to provide a theory of natural rights. His theory is novel and interesting in two respects. First, Dworkin argues that the commonly held belief that liberty and equality are fundamentally opposed to one another is false. Rights to various liberties are themselves derived from a form of a right to equality — what Dworkin calls the right to equal concern and respect. Second, Dworkin thinks that the notion of a general right to liberty, which can be opposed to egalitarian claims, is incoherent.

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Daniel Shapiro
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Anarchy, State, and Utopia.Robert Nozick - 1974 - Philosophy 52 (199):102-105.
Taking Rights Seriously.Thomas D. Perry - 1977 - Ethics 88 (1):80-86.

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