One of the country's most distinguished scholars presents a brilliantly original approach to the twin dilemmas of abortion and euthanasia, showing why they arouse such volcanic controversy and how we as a society can reconcile our values of life and individual liberty.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 28th 1994 by Vintage
(first published May 11th 1993)
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A brilliant piece of work that near perfectly articulates the life sanctity argument from both sides. Dworkin definitely challenged my views on abortion and made me confront my reasoning behind riding the fence on my opinion. His breakdown of both arguments, the reasons behind them, and the reasons why people tend to not even understand their own positioning on them, helped me to examine and change/re-affirm my standpoint of several other issues of similar importance. A really delicious piece wi...more
Dworkin spends a bit too much time going over the same principles -- it's like he intended for the book to be read in isolated chapters rather than as a whole. The abortion section is a bit repetitive in that sense (yes, we get it, life's intrinsic value), but still useful, especially if you have trouble reconciling peoples' views on abortion and the sanctity of life. But what makes this book really worth reading is the euthanasia section, which is fantastic.
Well this was basically a great book. Thick at times, but worth reading for stuff like the thought experiment on deciphering meaning from what someone says, which is based around Ronald Dworkin trying to get his friend to buy him a hot pastrami sandwich without his wife finding out and yelling at him. Also for the incredible arguments on constitutional theories and premises behind pro-life and pro-choice perspectives I guess.
An interesting book that, at the very least, makes an attempt at clarifying the issue. Plenty would argue with the distinctions Dworkin makes, and I do, in the end, find him to be in line with the majority of 'liberal' writers who discuss abortion, in their inability take somewhat more seriously the pro-life position. Nonetheless, a rhetorically well argued book.
Ronald Dworkin, QC, FBA was an American philosopher of law. He was a Jeremy Bentham Professor of Law and Philosophy at University College London, Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at New York University, and has taught previously at Yale Law School and the University of Oxford. An influential contributor to both philosophy of law and political philosophy, Dworkin received the 2007 Holberg Intern...moreMore about Ronald Dworkin...