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This review is from: Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights (Paperback)
This book is like 'stepping into an elevator with a suicide bomber'. Alan Dershowitz is a second-rate scholar and a third-rate mind. It is remarkable that his inane liberal prejudice, which masquerades as legal thought and into which he has perversely yet obviously sublimated his secular Jewish identity, has been able to secure him the accolades of his peers and the vaunted status of Harvard emeritus. I picked up this book wondering whether a man of Dershowitz's reputation would suceed in establishing a secular basis for rights (a daunting task). Needless to say, he does not. Dershowitz merely shifts the problem of the essence of 'rights' to the recognition of 'wrongs' so as to avoid the implication of God. Rights emerge from a desire to avoid wrongs, says Dershowitz. The author does not, however, ever really explain how 'wrongs' are recognized by men in the first place; yet this capacity for a priori moral recognition is the lynchpin of his entire argument. A bad parlour trick. Laughable. Jejune. Smug. Narcissistic. Neurotic. Self-absorbed. Hysterical.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2008 2:51:03 PM PST
Your review isn't very helpful. I don't get anything from it except that you think that Dershowitz is an idiot, although I notice that you bizarrely describe him as having a "liberal prejudice", which is very odd when you consider that when it comes to defending the actions of the state of Israel, Dershowitz is even more to the right than Ariel Sharon. I agree with you that Dershowitz isn't very bright. I just want to see why you think so too, instead of hearing you rant about him.
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