Is Democracy Possible Here?
Principles for a New Political Debate
By (author) Ronald M. Dworkin
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Is Democracy Possible Here? by Ronald M. Dworkin
Book DescriptionPolitics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for the perennial challenge of achieving social justice as for the emerging threats of terrorism. Can the hope for change be realized? Dworkin, one the world's leading legal and political philosophers, identifies and defends core principles of personal and political morality that all citizens can share. He shows that recognizing such shared principles can make substantial political argument possible and help replace contempt with mutual respect. Only then can the full promise of democracy be realized in America and elsewhere. Dworkin lays out two core principles that citizens should share: first, that each human life is intrinsically and equally valuable and, second, that each person has an inalienable personal responsibility for identifying and realizing value in his or her own life. He then shows what fidelity to these principles would mean for human rights, the place of religion in public life, economic justice, and the character and value of democracy. Dworkin argues that liberal conclusions flow most naturally from these principles. Properly understood, they collide with the ambitions of religious conservatives, contemporary American tax and social policy, and much of the War on Terror. But his more basic aim is to convince Americans of all political stripes--as well as citizens of other nations with similar cultures--that they can and must defend their own convictions through their own interpretations of these shared values.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691138725
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ronald M. Dworkin
Religion without God, Hardback (October 2013)
Addresses questions such as: What is religion and what is God's place in it? What are death and immortality?
Justice for Hedgehogs, Paperback (February 2013)
The fox knows many things, the Greeks said, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. In this title, the author argues that value in all its forms is one big thing: that what truth is, life means, morality requires, and justice demands are different aspects of the same large question.
Justice in Robes, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Ronald M. Dworkin
How should a judge's moral convictions bear on his judgments about what the law is? This book presents a collection of essays that focus on the roles of justice in law.
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Author Biography - Ronald M. Dworkin
Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013), winner of the 2007 Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize, was the author of many books, including Sovereign Virtue, Freedom's Law, and Life's Dominion. He was the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at New York University and the Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London.
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