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Reading the Constitution : why I chose pragmatism, not textualism / Stephen Breyer.

An analysis by recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer that deconstructs the textualist philosophy of the current Supreme Court's supermajority and makes the case for a better way to interpret the Constitution.

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  • ISBN: 9781668021538
  • ISBN: 1668021536
  • Physical Description: xxix, 335 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-321) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface: My way. (Part I: Purpose vs. textualism): Purpose-based approaches -- The textualist approach. (Part II: Interpreting statutory law): The traditional use of text and purpose -- The text/purpose divide -- Static or dynamic? -- Consequences -- Legislative history -- Constitutional values -- Resolving the text/purpose tension -- Why judges should consider purposes: a summary. (Part III: Interpreting the Constitution): The Constitution -- The traditional approach to constitutional interpretation -- Constitutional textualism -- When the text runs out: the limits of constitutional textualism -- Legal stability: stare decisis. (Part IV: Why values, purposes, and workability provide a better way to interpret the Constitution): Workability: history and practical experience -- Workability: deciding where values conflict -- Workability: direct application of basic values. (Part V: Paradigm shifts on the court): Three paradigm shifts -- Are we undergoing the next paradigm shift? Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Author's note -- Notes -- Index.
Subject: United States. Constitution.
United States. Supreme Court.
Constitutional law > United States.
Constitutional history > United States.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Parkland Community Library 342.7302 BRE (Text) 34422007420595 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 05/31/2024
Public Library of Catasauqua 342.73 BRE (Text) 70000000245659 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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