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Ronald Dworkin: Taking Rights Seriously

Posted on: March 12, 2009

Chapter: 10- Ronald Dworkin: Taking Rights Seriously

Book: Contemporary Moral Problems

Author: James E. White

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Moral-Problems-James

White/dp/0495553204/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234122156&sr=1-1

Quote: “If a people have a right to do something, then it is wrong to interfere with them.”

What I expect to learn:

The learning expectation for this chapter review would be it would describe the meaning of taking rights seriously.

Chapter Review:

For me, this chapter is all about discussing the meaning of taking rights seriously. Dworkin explained that right in the strong sense means that if a people have a right to do something, then it is wrong to interfere with them. For example, if citizen have a right to free speech, then it is wrong for the government to interfere with the exercise of this right. He also distinguishes between legal and moral right. Moral Rights are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs or a particular society or polity in contrast. Legal rights are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature, and as such are contingent upon local laws, customs, or beliefs. According to Dworkin the institution of right must require an act of faith on the part of the minorities and the second was the Government will not reestablished respect of law without giving the law some claim to respect.

What I’ve learned:

What have I learned is that it is really important that people should respect every people’s human rights.

Integrative Questions:

1. What is right in the strong sense?

2. What is legal right?

3. What is moral right?

4. What are the two models of how a government might define the rights of its citizens?

5. The institution of right must require what?

Review Questions:

1. What does Dworkin mean by right in the strong sense? What rights in this sense are protected by the U.S. Constitution?

According to Dworkin, right in the strong sense means that if a people have a right to do something, then it is wrong to interfere with them. For example, if citizen have a right to free speech, then it is wrong for the government to interfere with the exercise of this right.

2. Distinguish between legal and moral right. Give some example of legal rights that are not moral right, and moral right that are not legal rights.

Moral Rights are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs or a particular society or polity in contrast Legal rights are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature, and as such are contingent upon local laws, customs, or beliefs.

3. What are the two models of how a government might define the rights of its citizens? Which does Dworkin find more attractive?

4. According to Dworkin, what two important ideas are behind the institution or rights?

According to Dworkin the institution of right must require an act of faith on the part of the minorities and the second was the Government will not reestablished respect of law without giving the law some claim to respect.

Discussion Questions:

1. Does a person have aright to break the law? Why or why not?

For me, yes, because if they break the law for they believe that what they will do is right, then it’s valid as long as they can prove their right.

2. Are rights in the strong sense compatible with Mill’s utilitarianism?

Yes, because Mill’s utilitarianism is all about promoting happiness and rights are promoted to attain freedom, when there is freedom, people feel happy.

3. Do you think that Kant would accept right in the strong sense or not?

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