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Desperately Seeking Certainty : The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations

Desperately Seeking Certainty : The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations - 02 edition

Desperately Seeking Certainty : The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780226238098

ISBN10: 0226238091

Desperately Seeking Certainty : The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations by Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry - ISBN 9780226238098
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Desperately Seeking Certainty : The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations by Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry - ISBN 9780226238098

ISBN13: 9780226238098

ISBN10: 0226238091


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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

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