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Paul Linford
As a UCL graduate I agree with you. I'd be interested in some of the history of this professorship - it certainly didn't exist when I was there (1981-85) when the main man in the legal philosophy arena was the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, William Twining. Did they rename this chair as the Bentham professorship? Or is the Bentham chair a separate entity? Either way it's a travesty that Dworkin now occupies it. I heard him once and it was one of the dullest lectures I ever attended.
Paul, Thank you for your comment (and for your previous linking to the Cook piece, which would have had only a handful of readers but for you.). I'm not from UCL so, when I started writing about this, I assumed the Bentham Chair was long-standing. But no, it's newish, and I presume Dworkin is its first occupant. Don't know about the Quain - you might be right. I've heard back from Ian Mayes, who's now chasing it up. I decided to drop the second point, as it's a philosophical argument, but am persisting with the first. Brian Leiter (of Leiter Reports blog) has, I've since discovered, been after Dworkin for years. He writes of "the exasperation so many of us feel at his inability to engage honestly with his opponents". Leiter was speaking of Dworkin on Raz, and Hart, but I think it also applies to his treatment of Bentham too.

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