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Constitutional Interpretation The Basic Questions

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ISBN-10: 0195328582

ISBN-13: 9780195328585

Edition: N/A

Authors: Sotirios A. Barber, James E. Fleming

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Ronald Dworkin famously argued that fidelity in interpreting the Constitution as written calls for a fusion of constitutional law and moral philosophy. Barber and Fleming take up that call, arguing for a philosophic approach to constitutional interpretation. In doing so, they systematically critique the competing approaches - textualism, consensualism, originalism, structuralism, doctrinalism, minimalism, and pragmatism - that aim and claim to avoid a philosophic approach. Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions illustrates that these approaches cannot avoid philosophic reflection and choice in interpreting the Constitution. Barber and Fleming contend that fidelity in…    
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List price: $41.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Sotirios A. Barber is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of "On What the Constitution Means" and "The Constitution of Judicial Power", and coeditor of "Constitutional Politics" (Princeton).

The Presuppositions of Constitutional Interpretation
The Principal Questions of Constitutional Interpretation
The Principal Features of the American Constitutional Order: The Positive Constitutionalism of The Federalist
Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation
Textualism and Consensualism
Narrow Originalism/Intentionalism
Broad Originalism
Doctrinalism and Minimalism
The Philosophic Approach
Epilogue: A Fusion of Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation