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A Matter of Principle

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$50.50 • £40.95 • €45.50

ISBN 9780674554610

Publication Date: 01/01/1986


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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  • Introduction
  • I. The Political Basis of Law
    • 1. Political Judges and the Rule of Law
    • 2. The Forum of Principle
    • 3. Principle, Policy, Procedure
    • 4. Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Protest
  • II. Law as Interpretation
    • 5. Is There Really No Right Answer in Hard Cases?
    • 6. How Law Is Like Literature
    • 7. On Interpretation and Objectivity
  • III. Liberalism and Justice
    • 8. Liberalism
    • 9. Why Liberals Should Care about Equality
    • 10. What Justice Isn’t
    • 11. Can a Liberal State Support Art?
  • IV. The Economic View of Law
    • 12. Is Wealth a Value?
    • 13. Why Efficiency?
  • V. Reverse Discrimination
    • 14. Bakke’s Case: Are Quotas Unfair?
    • 15. What Did Bakke Really Decide?
    • 16. How to Read the Civil Rights Act
  • VI. Censorship and a Free Press
    • 17. Do We Have a Right to Pornography?
    • 18. The Farber Case: Reporters and Informers
    • 19. Is the Press Losing the First Amendment?
  • Notes
  • Index

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