Boston University School of Law
We appreciate Michael Dorf’s serious engagement with our book and his conclusion that “it responds effectively to the charge that liberalism focuses on rights to the exclusion of responsibilities.”1 He charges us, however, with an “errant theodicy” – with making the “claim that we have . . . the freedoms we have in virtue of a freestanding principle that respectful treatment of persons requires granting them autonomy as responsibility.”2 He also criticizes us for deriving basic liberties from a “freestanding interest in autonomy.”3 In this response we aim to clarify our argument concerning responsibility as autonomy and to reject the interpretation of our book as deriving basic liberties from any such freestanding principle of autonomy.
James Fleming & Linda McClain,
Ordered Liberty: Response to Michael Dorf
Boston University Law Review
Available at: https://scholarship.law.bu.edu/faculty_scholarship/2911