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Dworkin’s desert island

Why the eminent political philosopher is ignored by modern politicians

Sovereign Virtue: The Theory and Practice of Equality by Ronald Dworkin (Harvard University Press, £23.50)

I am aware of possessing only one item of stolen property. About ten years ago, I was in a university library; lying on a desk were battered photocopies of two long articles by Ronald Dworkin: “Equality of Welfare” and “Equality of Resources” from the journal Philosophy and Public Affairs. They were stamped, “Reference. Not to be removed.” But there had been so much discussion of them; the photocopier was not working; I half-intended to return them anyway. Honest…

At least, I have had plenty of…

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