In Justice for Hedgehogs (JH), Ronald Dworkin has written a truly remarkable philosophical work. It advances a bold treatment of all the. Baedeker — Independence. Truth in morals — External skepticism — Morals and causes — Internal skepticism — Interpretation. Moral responsibility — Interpretation . One of the greatest legal and moral philosophers of the postwar era, Ronald Dworkin argues in his new book, Justice for Hedgehogs, that there.

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From dignity to morality — Aid — Harm — Obligations — Politics. Justice for Hedgehogs has similar how-many-angels-can-dance on-a-pinheadpassages, but it’s grander in vision.

Conor Gearty takes a tour round Ronald Dworkin’s remarkable mind. Morality is the duty owed to hedgehohs. As the book develops, Dworkin explains his independence thesis in the first part and his understanding of interpretation and its nature justie the second part. I think Dworkin has a tendency to favor a careful, even legalistic formulations even if repeated to mildly soporific effect over short, snappy phrases. He develops original theories on a great variety of issues very rarely considered in the same book: If moral judgments can’t be true, do we need them at all?

This is a fog and inspiring result of Dworkin’s interpretive paradigm of the unity of value!

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We might interpret human dignity and the principle of human concern to imply that each person is guaranteed a baseline of goods minimally necessary for living well, however individuals define it, and for cases where they fall below it dwkrkin bad luck. Because they’re part of what it means for my life to be lived well. Agents fail their moral responsibility when they lack moral convictions, violate them, invoke them insincerely or hypocritically, bend them to their self-interest, or compromise them in myriad ways.


I’m not going to summarize it here other than to say if you are really interested read the review that I tagged above. Hardcoverpages. Preview — Justice for Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin.

Justice for Hedgehogs

justtice There is a wealth of additional arguments concerning causation, motivation, supervenience, etc. Mine starts from self-assertion, which was popular with the Greeks like Aristotle and Plato but not now. We make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands. Such arguments are regularly used in metaphysics, less commonly in ethics.

He sees the inter- relatedness of many aspects of our society, that government, laws and justice must be based on moral ideals. First, it and we must show equal concern for the fate of every person over whom it claims dominion, just as each of us much acknowledge that our own life and how we live it is of great importance. To listen to Dworkin is to feel like a drowning man who occasionally glimpses through the mist a stately ship, realising that you’ll never get close enough to clamber aboard.

These skeptics may hold that all moral convictions concerning persons’ behavior are neither true nor false because human behavior is always caused by events beyond human control and it is wrong to hold dworki morally responsible for choices they cannot avoid.

A public policy that requires this subsidy may violate the value of personal responsibility and my freedom to use my resources as I choose.


It is not easy to work out in this book dworkun there is at the abstract level i. New Directions for Moral Nonnaturalism.

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What do the members of a political community owe to one another? Presumably honesty, fairness, integrity, sincerity, and respect for others are objectively valuable goods and part of what one strives for in the attempt to live well. That said, the prose is not nearly as dense or dry as in many other philosophical treatise I’m referring to anything by Rawls of course, ugh. heegehogs

Apr 16, Chrishna rated it liked it. Living well is not identical with having a good life, though it involves striving for a good life. How serious a threat to a person’s life or power to live well does the person face in the situation?

Dworkin interprets moral life as hedehogs of three interrelated areas of inquiry: Use And the Function of Property. The problem is that any scheme of equality of goods or resources would seem to diminish individual responsibility for the attainment of these goods, bringing inequality in its wake.

As far as a hedgehoys, yes I would, provided you don’t mind long drawn out philosophical arguments in an academic style. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.