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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226238091

ISBN-13: 9780226238098

Pub. Date: 04/15/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Irreverent, provocative, and engaging, 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 are attempting to build all of constitutional law from a single foundational idea. Dan Farber and Suzanna Sherry find that in the end no

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Irreverent, provocative, and engaging, 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 are attempting to build all of constitutional law from a single foundational idea. 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. Their book brilliantly reveals how problematic foundationalism is and shows how the pragmatic, multifaceted common law methods already used by the Court provide a far better means of reaching sound decisions and controlling judicial discretion than do any of the grand theories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226238098
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Of Law and Latkes
2. In the Beginning: Robert Bork and Other Originalists
3. The Formalist Crusade of Antonin Scalia
4. Richard Epstein and the Incredible Shrinking Government
5. Akhil Amar and the People's Court
6. Bruce Ackerman's Magic Amendment Machine
7. Ronald Dworkin and the City on the Hill
8. Dethroning Grand Theory
Appendix
Notes
Index

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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!