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Ronald Dworkin on Liberalism - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 104
Liberalism/Dworkin, Ronald/Gaus: Dworkin thesis: liberalism rests on a basic commitment to equality, not liberty (1978(1): 115; see also 2000(2): Part I). According to his egalitarian liberalism, liberties such as freedom of speech and association are ways to achieve equal concern and respect. Their equal distribution is an instance of the general case for an equal distribution of resources and opportunities. The special status attributed to these basic liberties in liberal thought does not derive from the unique importance of freedom, but arises as a way to express equal concern and respect. It must be wondered whether liberalism is rendered more plausible by, first, almost entirely removing its traditional core of liberty and, second, replacing it with equality, a value that has traditionally had a complex and difficult place in liberal theory (Freeden, 1996(3): 241; Gaus, 2000a(4): 166–8) (...).

1. Dworkin, Ronald (1978) ‘Liberalism’. In Public and Private Morality, ed. Stuart Hampshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 115–43.
2. Dworkin, Ronald (2000) Sovereign Equality: The Theory and Practice of Equality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
3. Freeden, Michael (1996) Ideologies and Political Theory. Oxford: Clarendon.
4. Gaus, Gerald F. (2000a) Political Theories and Political Concepts. Boulder, CO: Westview.

Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „The Diversity of Comprehensive Liberalisms.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

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Dworkin I
Ronald Dworkin
Taking Rights Seriously Cambridge, MA 1978

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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