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Ronald Dworkin [electronic resource]: The Meaning of the Constitution

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Ronald Dworkin, an American who is professor of jurisprudence at Oxford University, is regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of law in the English-speaking world. His views on the current debate over the meaning of the Constitution today are so robust and controversial, they make waves on both sides of the Atlantic. In this program, Dworkin shares his ideas on the Constitution and its meaning to Americans today.
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60 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 24, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Meaning of Constitution
In Search of the Constitution
In search of the constitution
  • Credits: Ronald Dworkin: The Meaning of the Constitution (0:28)
  • Introduction (0:50)
  • Constitution Interpretation (2:33)
  • Dworkin's View of Constitution (0:59)
  • British and American Constitutions Contrasted (2:41)
  • British and American Attitudes Contrasted (2:17)
  • Tradition Unifies and Constrains (1:52)
  • Judge's Preferences (2:00)
  • Original Intent (1:30)
  • Bound by Principles, Not Applications (3:27)
  • Human Dignity (3:06)
  • Moral Majority (1:25)
  • AIDS (3:02)
  • Limited Claims of Order (1:44)
  • Pornography (3:23)
  • Affirmative Action (2:22)
  • Bakke (2:31)
  • Non-Prejudiced Racial Discrimination (2:47)
  • Social Value of Being Black (1:44)
  • Ideal Judge (3:08)
  • Limits on Court Power (1:08)
  • Learned Hand Contrasted with New Conservatives (2:23)
  • Court's Expanding Reach (2:44)
  • Court's Administrative Decisions (1:18)
  • Constitution as Moral Dimension (0:54)
  • History of Ignoring and Respecting Constitution (2:17)
  • Legacy and Glory of Constitution (1:15)
  • Sponsors & Credits: Ronald Dworkin: The Meaning of the Constitution (1:43)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1900
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  • 4905s Films Media Group
  • 4910 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (60 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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