Constitutional Faith

Constitutional Faith

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by Sanford Levinson
     
 

"I found Constitutional Faith a profound and profoundly unsettling examination of the paradoxes of Constitutional history. I imagine it will be necessary reading from now on to all those readers, and not only scholars, sensitive to the delicate web of beliefs that gives cohesion to our national life and identity."--E. L. Doctorow

"I finally understand why

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"I found Constitutional Faith a profound and profoundly unsettling examination of the paradoxes of Constitutional history. I imagine it will be necessary reading from now on to all those readers, and not only scholars, sensitive to the delicate web of beliefs that gives cohesion to our national life and identity."--E. L. Doctorow

"I finally understand why the Constitution is to America what the Holy Scriptures are to Jews and Christians."--Bill Moyers

"[A] lively, intelligent, timely, and highly original study of American constitutionalism as a form of secular religion. [This book] deserves a wide audience."--Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691023212
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.61(d)

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Meet the Author


Sanford Levinson is professor of law and government at the University of Texas Law School and a frequent visitor at the Harvard and Yale law schools. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include "Our Undemocratic Constitution".

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The "Constitution" in American Civil Religion 9

Chapter 2 The Moral Dimension of Constitutional Faith 54

Chapter 3 Loyalty Oaths: The Creedal Affirmations of Constitutional Faith 90

Chapter 4 Constitutional "Attachment": Identifying the Content of One's Commitment 122

Chapter 5 The Law School, the Faith Community, and the Professing of Law 155

Chapeter 6 Conclusion: Adding One's Signature to the Constitution 180

Notes 195

Afterword To The 2011 Edition 245

Index 257

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