IN THE REVIEW

He’d Rather Have Rights

Taking Rights Seriously

by Ronald Dworkin
Ronald Dworkin’s Taking Rights Seriously is the most important work in jurisprudence since H.L.A. Hart’s The Concept of Law and, from a philosophical point of view at least, the most sophisticated contribution to that subject yet made by an American writer. In this collection of essays, Dworkin argues that any …

Right Thinking

The Pure Theory of Politics

by Bertrand de Jouvenel
M. de Jouvenel is a writer of great historical learning, political imagination, and literary force. He is, I think, the ablest recent representative of a tradition of French libertarian thought stretching from Montesquieu and Rousseau through Royer-Collard and Benjamin Constant to Alexis de Tocqueville. It is not surprising therefore that …

Sovereign Law

The Sovereign Prerogative: The Supreme Court and the Quest for Law

by Eugene V. Rostow

Law, Liberty, and Morality

by H.L.A. Hart
Dean Rostow’s The Sovereign Prerogative is a collection of essays on legal topics as apparently unrelated as the doctrine of “judicial restraint” and the government’s security program. Although Dean Rostow displays a certain hostility to “academic” philosophers—in particular, it would appear, to Professor Hart and to Mr. Richard Wollheim—the unity …