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Our foremost framer of mellifluous titles follows Law's Empire and Life's Dominion with yet another impressive possessive, Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution. If "empire" and "dominion" conjure images of coherence, organization, and firm rule in the service of a unifying theme, "freedom" sounds a more democratic, less centralized note. Freedom's Law comprises an introduction and seventeen short essays (fourteen of which appeared first in the New York Review of Books) on a wide-ranging array of constitutional topics, arranged loosely into three sections dealing with rights to life and death, free speech issues, and judicial philosophies. Instead of articulating a new approach, the work provides concrete examples of Dworkin's now familiar ideas in action. For those who would know the theory of Law's Empire by its fruits, Freedom's Law makes valuable reading.

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1996

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