Dworkin's judge hercules, on the other hand, is a purely idealized construct, that is if such a figure existed, he would arrive at a right answer. Taking rights seriously ronald dworkin 1 hard cases 5 legal rights he cannot answer in sufficient detail the question does the statute deprive him of that right hercules must begin by asking why any statute has the power to alter legal rights he will find the answer in his constitutional theory: this might. Hercules, dworkin argues, would always come to the one right answer  dworkin's right answer thesis turns on the success of his attack on the skeptical argument that right answers in legal-moral dilemmas cannot be determined.
In this paper i will discuss how dworkin argues for his right answer thesis, through an examination of his chain novel view of law, the process of constructive interpretation of law as integrity, and the presentation of the ideal judge hercules.
For hedgehogs, hercules, and one right answers imer b flores resumen: one right answer thesis, ronald dworkin for all practical purposes, there will always be a right answer in the seamless web of our law ronald dworkin, ‘no right answer’ (1977. Ascribed to his imaginary judge, hercules always has a right answer, discoverable in principle, and it is the duty of the judge to try to discover it 4 though judges in hard or controversial cases have discretion in the weak sense the main elements of dworkin’s legal philosophy. Hercules, dworkin argues, would always come to the one right answer the one right answer thesis has caused great debate amongst legal theorists but the controversy is to a certain extent overblown in that dworkin recognises that the requirement that judges weigh up arguments based on principles introduces a weak discretion.
Legal reasoning and coherence theories: dworkin's rights thesis, retroactivity, and the linear order of decisions kenneth j kress helped me to see the full impact of ripple effect retroactivity on dworkin's right answer thesis 1 see, eg, r carnap,. Hercules, omniscience, omnipotence, and the right answer thesis hercules and the right answer thesis have a se-ductive appeal it is the sort of appeal that makes people say judges find law, not make law if the judge does not find the right one then she dworkin’s right answer thesis will fail on its own terms, but not because. The main elements of dworkin’s legal philosophy from j l mackie: “the third theory of law,” philosophy and public affairs hercules 3 in any sufficiently rich legal system the question, what is the law on this issue what is the law on this issue always has a right answer, discoverable in principle, and it is the duty of the. Hart criticizes dworkin‟s right answer thesis as flawed and vulnerable to criticisms to dworkin‟s supporters then it must be shown that the rule laid down in other cases it can be said that what dworkin meant to say was that there is a possibility of finding the best answer.
In summary, dworkin’s right thesis asserts that a right legal answer would be one that asserts and protect rights which are explicit or implicit in the fundamental values of the legal system to get the right answer, judges must have the ultimate wisdom from the history of decisions and the understanding of the political value of a system. Dworkin's judge hercules, on the other hand, is a purely idealized construct, that is if such a figure existed, he would arrive at a right answer in every moral dilemma for a critique along these lines see lorenzo zucca's constitutional dilemmas. Dworkin’s right thesis wants us not to relent but to make the utmost effort to get the best answer it is a sort of ideal that dworkin seems to present to the judge in practical pursuit as per stephen guest, “he (the judge) may not get it right but the duty is upon him to try nevertheless. 1 dworkin’s theory of hard cases and right answers dworkin distinguishes between rules and principles rules: eg to determine an issue as to whether there is a valid will or whether there is mens rea principles: merely mention a reason which may be used to argue in a particular direction.
Right answer thesis judges agree that earlier decisions have gravitational force or weight the legislature may make decisions inconsistent with earlier ones but a judge rarely has this independence because he will always try to connect his decisions with past decisions. Dworkin's thesis amounts, therefore, to the following : if the judge hercules counterfactually reconstructs laws pursuant to the one law principle, then there is one right answer for every legal question calling for judicial interpretation.