Exit Hercules: Ronald Dworkin and the crisis of the age of rights

Lorenzo Zucca*

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This paper singles out the late Ronald Dworkin as the legal and politicalphilosopher who best interpreted and represented the rise, success and fall of the age of rights. Three pillars are central to the age of rights: a strong liberal agenda, a powerful judiciary capable of quashing legislation incompatible with rights, and a coherent theory singling out the special moral primacy of rights. Each one of these pillars, which are central to the thought of Dworkin, are now being challenged; this contributes to the explanation of the root causes of the crisis of the age of rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-195
Number of pages22
JournalEtica e Politica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Conflict of values
  • Judicial review
  • Liberalism
  • Rights
  • Value monism
  • Value pluralism


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