Constitutionalism

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An excellent sampling of current thinking in the theory and practice of constitutionalism. Each essay was written specifically for this volume by well-known legal and political philosophers. . . . All in all, a first-rate and provocative example of contemporary philosophical concerns. Choice

In our constitutional democracy, the dissent and conflict that are the inevitable consequence of free political dialogue point to the importance of reexamining the philosophical premises on ...

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Overview

An excellent sampling of current thinking in the theory and practice of constitutionalism. Each essay was written specifically for this volume by well-known legal and political philosophers. . . . All in all, a first-rate and provocative example of contemporary philosophical concerns. Choice

In our constitutional democracy, the dissent and conflict that are the inevitable consequence of free political dialogue point to the importance of reexamining the philosophical premises on which our conceptions of society and government are based. This volume of original essays reviews the foundations of constitutionalism in classical liberal thought and looks at contemporary philosophical perspectives on a wide range of constitutional issues. Written by a distinguished group of philosophers and constitutional scholars, it provides a deeper understanding of the U.S. Constitution as a political instrument and examines the idea of constitutionalism as it functions in our modern world.

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ALAN S. ROSENBAUM is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cleveland State University.

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Table of Contents

The Idea of Constitutionalism: Classical Foundations

John Locke and American Constitutionalism by Leslie Armour

David Hume and the Constitution by Wade Robison

Montesquieu and Rousseau on Constitutional Theory by Guy Lafrance

Kant's Approach to Constitutionalism by Mary Gregor

Hegel's Idea of Constitutionalism by Peter Stillman

Philosophy in the Debates at the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787 by Andrew Reck

Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives on Constitutionalism

The Constitution, Rights, and the Conditions of Legitimacy by Jeffrey Reiman

Constitutionalism and Critical Legal Studies by Mark Tushnet

Property, Economy, and the State by Milton Fisk

Constitutionalism and Military Justice: Making Justice from Military Justice by Peter French

The Extension of Law to Foreign Policy: The Next Constitutional Challenge by Richard Falk

The Taming of the Technological Imperative: Constitutionalism in the 21st Century by Rosemarie Tong

Afterword

Constitutionalism, Moral Skepticism, and Religious Beliefs by Jeffrie Murphy

Index

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