The most important work in jurisprudence since H.L.A. Hart's The Concept of Law
and, from a philosophical point of view at least, the most sophisticated contribution to that subject yet made by an American writer… Dworkin's essays are brilliantly written… [T]he book is remarkable in its unity and technical assurance. (New York Review of Books
It is a rare treat—important, original philosophy that is also a pleasure to read. Dworkin argues vigorously, imaginatively and elegantly. (Yale Law Review
In a series of beautifully written, mutually supportive essays, Dworkin applies the theory of rights or his own version of the theory to the case of judicial decision-making. (The New Republic
The most significant book oil philosophy of law in this decade and surely one of the more interesting ones of the century. (Ethics
Dworkin's writing launches a frontal attack on the two concepts, utilitarianism and legal positivism, that have dominated Anglo-American jurisprudence in the 20th century… Dworkin's theories have created shock waves among jurisprudential scholars. (Time
About the Author
Ronald Dworkin was Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University.