The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption

The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption

by Richard L. Hasen


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Engaging but caustic and openly ideological, Antonin Scalia was among the most influential justices ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. In this fascinating new book, legal scholar Richard L. Hasen assesses Scalia’s complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptive public intellectual.

The left saw Scalia as an unscrupulous foe who amplified his judicial role with scathing dissents and outrageous public comments. The right viewed him as a rare principled justice committed to neutral tools of constitutional and statutory interpretation. Hasen provides a more nuanced perspective, demonstrating how Scalia was crucial to reshaping jurisprudence on issues from abortion to gun rights to separation of powers. A jumble of contradictions, Scalia promised neutral tools to legitimize the Supreme Court, but his jurisprudence and confrontational style moved the Court to the right, alienated potential allies, and helped to delegitimize the institution he was trying to save.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300228649
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 590,676
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 The Disruptor 1

2 Word Games 14

3 From Faint-Hearted to Full-Throated 40

4 Mr. Justice Scalia, the Fish 64

5 Kulturkampf 86

6 Home of the Brave 114

7 Rescued from the Grave 146

8 The Justice of Contradictions 165

Notes 179

Index 221

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