Sovereign Virtue by Ronald M. Dworkin
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Sovereign Virtue
By Ronald M. Dworkin

Sovereign Virtue

The Theory and Practice of Equality

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Sovereign Virtue by Ronald M. Dworkin

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Equality is the endangered species of political ideas. Even left-of-centre politicians reject equality as an ideal: government must combat poverty, they say, but need not strive that its citizens be equal in any dimension. In this new book the author insists, to the contrary, that equality is the indispensable virtue of democratic sovereignty. A legitimate government must treat all its citizens as equals, that is, with equal respect and concern, and, since the economic distribution that any society achieves is mainly the consequence of its system of law and policy, that requirement imposes serious egalitarian constraints on that distribution. What distribution of a nation's wealth is demanded by equal concern for all? Dworkin draws upon two fundamental humanist principles - first, it is of equal objective importance that all human lives flourish, and second, each person is responsible for defining and achieving the flourishing of his or her own life - to ground his well-known thesis that true equality means equality in the value of the resources that each person commands, not in the success he or she achieves. Equality, freedom, and individual responsibility are therefore not in conflict, but flow from and into one another as facets of the same humanist conception of life and politics. Since no abstract political theory can be understood except in the context of actual and complex political issues, the author develops his thesis by applying it to heated contemporary controversies about the distribution of health care, unemployment benefits, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, assisted suicide, and genetic engineering.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674008106
ISBN-10: 0674008103
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 35mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Is Democracy Possible Here? by Ronald M. Dworkin Is Democracy Possible Here?, Paperback (July 2008)

Politics in America are polarized and trivialized. This title identifies and defends core principles of personal and political morality that various citizens can share. It shows that recognizing such shared principles can make substantial political argument possible and help replace contempt with mutual respect.

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Author Biography - Ronald M. Dworkin

Ronald Dworkin is Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University. He is the 2007 recipient of the Holberg International Memorial Prize.

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