n Acta Juridica - Ronald Dworkin and the power of ideas

Volume 2004, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



The hardest thing to do in writing about the work of Ronald Dworkin is to avoid making reference to one or more of his fabulous titles in one's own. We all know the temptation - how it lures us! And so many people have succumbed, and with such a conspicuous lack of success, it is heartening. In thinking it through anew one begins benignly, toying with a variety of combinations: 'Empire's Law', 'A Matter of Law', 'Law's Principle', 'Taking Dworkin Seriously', 'Freedom's Dominion' only to discover that they've already been done. So one becomes a little more adventurous: 'Law's Matter', 'Life's Principles', 'Sovereign's Freedom', 'Empire's Virtue', until eventually one finds oneself obsessing with a theme: 'A Matter of Seriousness', 'Serious Law', 'Serious Dominion', 'Taking Matter Seriously', 'Taking Life Seriously', 'Seriously Taking Life', 'You Cannot be Serious', till the ultimate in sublime simplicity and profound, performative, cool suggests itself: 'Seriously!'

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