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|Publication Year:||2002||Title:||Sovereign Virtue|
|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 t 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 ecomic 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-kwn thesis that true equality means equality in the value of the resources that each person commands, t in the success he or she achieves. Equality, freedom, and individual responsibility are therefore t in conflict, but flow from and into one ather as facets of the same humanist conception of life and politics. Since 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.|
|Publisher||Harvard University Press|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||94637435|
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|Author(s)||Ronald M. Dworkin|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge, Mass|
|Format Details||Unsewn / Adhesive Bound,Trade Paperback (US)|
|Author Biography||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.|
|Country of Publication||United States|
|Subject||Law: General & Référence|
|Imprint||Harvard University Press|
|Date of Publication||01/03/2002|
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