A Course on Ronald Dworkin

There have been many discussions of Ronald Dworkin’s work in recent blogs.  For some examples, see Jim Fleming, Cass Sunstein, and Richard Epstein.

Many people consider Law’s Empire to be Dworkin’s most important work on law.  For those interested in a college level course on the book, I recently listened to this one.  It is a 14 lecture course that spends 7 of the lectures discussing Law’s Empire.  (The first several of the lectures are on legal positivism and H.L.A. Hart, and the last 4 are on Bruce Ackerman’s constitutional theory.)

At times, I found the course frustrating, but it is hard to know whether that was because of the professor or the theories he is discussing.  In any event, I don’t know of any online courses on the subject, and therefore would recommend the course if you are interested in learning more about Dworkin (or the other subjects discussed in the course).

 

Mike Rappaport

Professor Rappaport is Darling Foundation Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism. Professor Rappaport is the author of numerous law review articles in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  His book, Originalism and the Good Constitution, which is co-authored with John McGinnis, was published by the Harvard University Press in 2013.  Professor Rappaport is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he received a JD and a DCL (Law and Political Theory).

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