Individual Rights and Collective Interests

Robert P. George

in Making Men Moral

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260240
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682063 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Individual Rights and Collective Interests

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This chapter criticizes the liberal view of placing more importance on individual rights at the expense of the collective interest of the community. The chapter focuses on Ronald Dworkin's arguments against government regulation of morals. According to Dworkin, individual rights should prevail over government initiated laws promoting the collective good because such laws violate every person's right to equality. The chapter disproves Dworkin's antagonistic view of the relationship between collective good and a person's equality by arguing that laws promoting the collective good protect human equality and dignity by preventing a person's actions that may cause him to lose his dignity.

Keywords: Ronald Dworkin; collective interest; individual rights; equality; dignity

Chapter.  10336 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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