Dignity in the Legal and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin
edited by Salman Khurshid, Lokendra Malik, and Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2018, 511 pages, hardback, ISBN: 9780199484171.
About the Book: Well-known for his contribution to the juristic world, Professor Ronald Dworkin was an outstanding legal philosopher of his generation. This volume celebrates the thoughts of Ronald Dworkin on dignity. The contributors have critically engaged with different perspectives of Dworkin's thoughts on dignity. The aim is to shed light on juridical and moral contemporary conundrums such as the role of dignity in constitutional contexts in India, and the understanding of dignity as either a foundation of human rights or as a supra value that illuminates other values and rights.
The volume is divided into four parts. The first part 'Integrity, Values, Interpretation, and Objectivity' focuses on Dworkin's interpretive methodology and examines the way his value holism relies on his interpretative methodology. The second part 'Dignity, Responsibility, and Free Will' concentrates on elucidating the complex relationship between dignity, human will, and responsibility in Dworkin's moral, legal, and political philosophy. In the third part 'Freedom of Speech, Right to Privacy, and Rights', the authors use Dworkin's philosophical moral framework and the interpretative methodology to shed light on his own views on freedom of speech and the language of rights, including human rights. The fourth part 'Dignity, Constitutions, and Legal Systems' critically discusses Dworkin's interpretative methodology to understand dignity in the context of constitutions, state, and law beyond the state. With contributions from eminent scholars across the world, the present volume will help in disseminating Dworkin's rich jurisprudential thoughts.
Table of Contents
Foreword | John FinnisIntroduction | Veronica Rodriguez-BlancoPart I Integrity, Values, Interpretation, and ObjectivityRonald Dworkin: Life and Works | Lokendra MalikIntegrity and Truth in Law's Empire | Jonathan CroweDworkin's Perfectionism | James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClainInterpretation in Normative Domains | Alexander BrownJustice, Integrity, and the Common Law | Trevor R.S. AllanTaking (Human) Dignity and Rights Seriously: The Integrated Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin | Imer FloresAre There Any Interpretative Concepts? | Pritam BaruahPart II Dignity, Responsibility, and Free WillInterpreting Human Dignity | Allen W. WoodDworkin's Dignity Under the Lens of the Magician of Könisberg | Veronica Rodriguez-BlancoDoes Dignity Help in Thinking about Paternalism | Barbara Baum LevenbookDignity, Rights, and Virtues in the Department of Values | Isabel TrujilloPart III Freedom of Speech, Right to Privacy, and Human RightsDignity and Free Speech | David RichardsRonald Dworkin and Free Speech | James AllanExit Hercules: Ronald Dworkin and the Crisis of the Age of Rights | Lorenzo ZuccaPart IV Dignity, Constitutions, and Legal SystemsRevamping Associative Obligations | George PavlakosDworkinian Dignity: Rights and Responsibilities of a Life Well Lived | Erin DalyRonald Dworkin's Judge: Philosopher Master of Rights | Salman KhurshidA Dworkinian Reading of the Indian Constitution | Suhrith ParthasarathyA Dworkinian Right to Privacy in New Zealand | Mark Bennett and Petra ButlerAfterword | Justice A.K. Sikri