Life's Dominion by Ronald Dworkin
An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom

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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.


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About Ronald Dworkin

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Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013), winner of the 2007 Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize, was the author of many books, including "Sovereign Virtue, Freedom's Law," and "Life's Dominion". He was the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at New York University and the Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London.
 
Published May 11, 2011 by Vintage. 288 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The author uses this distinction to explain the contradictory feelings (as reflected in polls) that many have about abortion: Most people, Dworkin reports, feel that although abortion is sometimes justifiable, it's ``a kind of cosmic shame when human life at any stage is deliberately extinguished...

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Dworkin's landmark philosophical essay brings a new dimension to future debate about abortion and euthanasia. The conventional view of the abortion controversy hinges on whether a fetus is a helpless,

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Dworkin's landmark essay on abortion, euthanasia, American legal history and the Constitution.

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The Independent

Nearly all those who disagree about abortion are united by this belief - or emotion - about the special importance of human life, and Dworkin argues, with unassuming power, and with special reference to the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States' Constitution, that a governme...

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London Review of Books

If one wants to speak out on behalf of trees, and if a given tree has no instrumental value – that is, no value to anyone (its utility as shade or scenery, for example, or its contribution to the air we breathe) – one should begin by saying, not that the tree has rights, but that it embodies some...

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The New York Review of Books

In the first, Dworkin argues that we misunderstand both sides of the abortion debate which so troubles the country if we take that debate to be about whether the fetus is, from the very early stages of pregnancy, a creature with rights and interests that abortion would violate.

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