Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 11, 2011 - Law - 288 pages
Internationally renowned lawyer and philosopher Ronald Dworkin addresses the crucially related acts of abortion and euthanasia in a brilliantly original book that examines their meaning in a nation that prizes both life and individual liberty. From Roe v. Wade to the legal battle over the death of Nancy Cruzan, no issues have opened greater rifts in American society than those of abortion and euthanasia. 
At the heart of Life's Dominion is Dworkin's inquest into why abortion and euthanasia provoke such controversy. Do these acts violate some fundamental "right to life"? Or are the objections against them based on the belief that human life is sacred? Combining incisive moral reasoning and close readings of indicidual court decisions with a majestic interpretation of the U.S. Constitution itself, Dworkin gives us a work that is absolutely essential for anyone who cares about the legal status of human life.

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An eloquent attempt to clarify the abortion and euthanasia debates by seeking to articulate and analyze the unspoken assumptions underlying them. To Dworkin (Law/NYU and Jurisprudence/Oxford; A Matter ... Read full review

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Today's debate over the proper place of abortion in an ethically committed society has proven every bit as divisive as was slavery in 19th-century America. Dworkin, an eminent lawyer and legal ... Read full review

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Ronald Dworkin was Professor of Law at New York University, and University Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford University. He was a widely respected philosopher of law and the author of a number of influential books, including Taking Rights Seriously, A Matter of Principle, Law's Empire, and Life's Dominion, still used in U.S. law schools. Dworkin died in 2013.

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