Reasonable Laws & Respect for Life
by Phillip E. Johnson
Ronald Dworkin, University Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, and Professor of Law at New York University, wants to unite constitutional law with liberal moral philosophy. To that end he argues in Freedom’s Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution (Harvard University Press, 1996) that the correct way to read the United States Constitution is to recognize that the Framers enacted certain broad principles—due process, equal protection, freedom of speech, and so on—rather than specific rules. Contemporary judges should interpret those principles not necessarily as the Framers themselves may have understood them, but according to the best understanding available today. The just . . .