On Reading the Constitution

ISBN-10: 0674636260
ISBN-13: 9780674636262
Edition: 1991
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Description: Our Constitution speaks in general terms of "liberty" and "property," of the "privileges and immunities" of citizens, and of the "equal protection of the laws"--open-ended phrases that seem to invite readers to reflect in them their own visions and  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Our Constitution speaks in general terms of "liberty" and "property," of the "privileges and immunities" of citizens, and of the "equal protection of the laws"--open-ended phrases that seem to invite readers to reflect in them their own visions and agendas. Yet, recognizing that the Constitution cannot be merely what its interpreters wish it to be, this volume's authors draw on literary and mathematical analogies to explore how the fundamental charter of American government should be construed today.

Laurence H. Tribe is Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School.

Introduction
How Not to Read the Constitution
Structuring Constitutional Conversations
Judicial Value Choice in the Definition of Rights
Seeking Guidance from other Disciplines: Law, Literature, and Mathematics
Reconstructing the Constitution as a Reader's Guide Notes Index of Cases
General
Index

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