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The American Constitution and the Debate over Originalism


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Preface; Introduction; 1. The politics of originalism; 2. The concept of a living constitution; 3. Interpretivism and originalism; 4. The paradox of originalism; 5. The problem of objectivity; 6. The epistemology of constitutional discourse (I); 7. The epistemology of constitutional discourse (II); 8. The ontology of constitutional discourse (I); 9. The ontology of constitutional discourse (II); 10. Conclusion: the political character of constitutional discourse; Index.

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It presents an innovative account of the democratic legitimacy and binding capacity of the Constitution.

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Dennis Goldford is Associate Professor of Politics at Drake University, where he has been teaching since 1985. He received his BA in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan, an M. Litt. in philosophy from Oxford University, and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. He teaches in the areas of political theory, American politics, and constitutional law.


"Quite illuminating" Keith E. Whittington, Drake University

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