On Reading the Constitution

On Reading the Constitution

On Reading the Constitution

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Overview

On Reading the Constitution by Laurence H. TRIBE, Michael C. Dorf, Laurence H Tribe

Our Constitution speaks in general terms of "liberty" and "property," of the "privileges and immunities" of citizens, and of the "equal protection of the laws"—open-ended phrases that seem to invite readers to reflect in them their own visions and agendas. Yet, recognizing that the Constitution cannot be merely what its interpreters wish it to be, this volume's authors draw on literary and mathematical analogies to explore how the fundamental charter of American government should be construed today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674044456
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 164
File size: 288 KB

About the Author

Michael C. Dorf is Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School.

Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction


1
How Not to Read the Constitution


2
Structuring Constitutional Conversations


3
Judicial Value Choice in the Definition of Rights


4
Seeking Guidance from Other Disciplines: Law, Literature, and Mathematics


5
Reconstructing the Constitution as a Reader's Guide


Notes


Index of Cases


General Index

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