Constitutional Fate: Theory of the Constitution Paperback – Apr 30 1999
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"A fine, thoughtful essay, well-written....Explanation of the typology of legal arguments especially good."--Mary R. Mattingly, Texas A and I University
"Extraordinary. This is the outstanding recent work treating Constitutional Law in terms of the legitimating effects of argumentation. It ranks among the most original and impressive works of American jurisprudence to appear during the decade."--Paul Mattson, University of California, Santa Barbara
"A subtle examination of the legitimacy of judicial review....Constitutional Fate is an exceptional work....A strong reminder that judicial review, properly undertaken, can serve a variety of functions and guarantee a variety of interests in modern society."--Yale Law Journal
"An erudite and cogent presentation....adds a dimension that significantly enriches one's understanding both of judicial review and of much recent academic discussion surrounding it."--American Political Science Review
About the Author
Philip Bobbitt is at University of Texas, Austin.
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The central issue in the constitutional debate of the past twenty-five years has been the legitimacy of judicial review of constitutional questions by the United States Supreme Court. Read the first page
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
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It is not written in a manner that is accessible for the casual reader, but if you are interested in how constitutional interpretation is approached from different philosophies - what separates a Justice Frankfurter from a Justice Black, or a Scalia from Stevens -- then I would highly reccomend this book.
While the strict empiricist may finish reading disappointed, those looking for insight into the approach of judges would be well served to give this a look.
Now I must admit I am reading this for a take home final so perhaps I am just a little jaded. For one minuete I think that there is nothing but brilliance in these last few pages; only for seconds later to conclude that it is all just a bunch of smoke.
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