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Freedom's Law The Moral Reading of the American Constitution

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ISBN-10: 0674319281

ISBN-13: 9780674319288

Edition: 1996

Authors: Ronald Dworkin

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Ronald Dworkin argues that Americans have been systematically misled about what their Constitution is, and how judges decide what it means. The Constitution, he observes, grants individual rights in extremely abstract terms. The First Amendment prohibits the passing of laws that "abridge the freedom of speech"; the Fifth Amendment insists on "due process of law"; and the Fourteenth Amendment demands "equal protection of the laws" for all persons. What does that abstract language mean when it is applied to the political controversies that divide Americans--about affirmative action and racial justice, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, censorship, pornography, and homosexuality, for…    
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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

Introduction: The Moral Reading and the Majoritarian Premise
Life, Death, And Race
Roe in Danger
Verdict Postponed
What the Constitution Says
Roe Was Saved
Do We Have a Right to Die?
Gag Rule and Affirmative Action
Speech, Conscience, And Sex
The Press on Trial
Why Must Speech Be Free?
Pornography and Hate
MacKinnon's Words
Why Academic Freedom?
Bork: The Senate's Responsibility
What Bork's Defeat Meant
Bork's Own Postmortem
The Thomas Nomination
Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas
Learned Hand