Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations / Edition 1

Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations / Edition 1

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by Daniel A. Farber, Suzanna Sherry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226238083

ISBN-13: 9780226238081

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Desperately Seeking Certainty attacks the current legal vogue for grand unified theories of constitutional interpretation. On both the Right and the Left, prominent legal scholars have been trying to build all of constitutional law from a single foundational idea. Although each of these ideas includes something of value, Dan Farber and Suzanna Sherry find that in the…  See more details below

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Desperately Seeking Certainty attacks the current legal vogue for grand unified theories of constitutional interpretation. On both the Right and the Left, prominent legal scholars have been trying to build all of constitutional law from a single foundational idea. Although each of these ideas includes something of value, Dan Farber and Suzanna Sherry find that in the end no single, all-encompassing theory can successfully guide judges or provide definitive (or even sensible) answers to every constitutional question.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226238081
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Of Law and Latkes1
2In the Beginning: Robert Bork and Other Originalists10
3The Formalist Crusade of Antonin Scalia29
4Richard Epstein and the Incredible Shrinking Government55
5Akhil Amar and the People's Court75
6Bruce Ackerman's Magic Amendment Machine97
7Ronald Dworkin and the City on the Hill122
8Dethroning Grand Theory140
Appendix169
Notes171
Index203

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Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a delightful book. It has a chatty, breezy, easy-to-read style (I am reminded of the style of a good review in the New York Times Book Review). It is interesting, educational, persuasively argued, and thought-provoking. After reading this book, I felt like I had learned some interesting things about some interesting people, and I wanted to know more. At times, it can be clever or funny, but not in a way that is strained or that trivializes the subject. If only more writing about legal theory were this good!