Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013)

We must say farewell to Ronald Dworkin, a great legal and philosophical mind who died this month.  I learned from reading his work a great deal about the richness of legal reasoning and its deep (and to some baffling) connection to moral reasoning.  The public rhetoric about the role of judges as applying law and not writing it and the cries of “activist judge” trade in such thin caricatures of judicial and legal reasoning by comparison.  Fortunately his insights do not die with him, and there is hope that we can build on them toward a better understanding of what a legal system of justice and integrity really requires.

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David Henderson teaches environmental ethics in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Western Carolina University. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and and M.S. in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University.

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