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Should Constitutional Judges be Philosophers?

Christopher L. Eisgruber

in Exploring Law's Empire: The Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546145
eISBN:
9780191706462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546145.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Ronald Dworkin's ‘moral reading of the Constitution’ insists that the Constitution ‘invokes moral principles about political decency and justice’. Some critics worry that the moral reading is too ... More


The Place of History and Philosophy in the Moral Reading of the American Constitution

James E. Fleming

in Exploring Law's Empire: The Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546145
eISBN:
9780191706462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546145.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Dworkin argues that commitment to interpretive fidelity requires that we recognize that the Constitution embodies abstract moral principles rather than laying down a particular historical conception, ... More


The Moral Reading of Constitutions

Connie S. Rosati

in The Legacy of Ronald Dworkin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190466411
eISBN:
9780190466442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190466411.003.0014
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Constitutional and Administrative Law

Of the many ideas for which Ronald Dworkin is justly famous, perhaps the most striking is his idea that the US Constitution is to be read morally. This essay seeks to honor Dworkin’s idea by ... More


Fidelity through a Moral Reading or Philosophic Approach

James E. Fleming

in Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution: For Moral Readings and Against Originalisms

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199793372
eISBN:
9780199364411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793372.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter develops a moral reading or philosophic approach as an alternative to originalism. It explores the reasons for constitutional theorists’ resistance to the moral reading, and for their ... More


Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution: For Moral Readings and Against Originalisms

James E. Fleming

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199793372
eISBN:
9780199364411
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793372.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

In recent years, some have asked, “Are we all originalists now?” This book puts forward a sustained critique of originalism—whether old or new, concrete or abstract, living or dead. Instead, the book ... More


Constitutional Identity

Bosko Tripkovic

in The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The chapter examines the metaethical foundations of the argument from constitutional identity. This argument locates the source of value in a set of deep and self-identifying evaluative commitments ... More


Common Sentiment

Bosko Tripkovic

in The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The chapter analyses the metaethical foundations of the argument from common sentiment. This argument holds that moral emotions of the people in a community indicate the solution to moral problems. ... More


Universal Reason

Bosko Tripkovic

in The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The chapter explores the metaethical foundations of the argument from universal reason. This argument relies on the idea that moral values are universal and attainable through reason. Drawing on ... More


Conclusion

Bosko Tripkovic

in The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The chapter summarizes the main argument of the book. It contends that previously identified value-based arguments—from constitutional identity, common sentiment, and universal reason—fail as ... More


The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Bosko Tripkovic

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The book explores the metaethical foundations of value-based arguments in constitutional adjudication. The argument develops in four steps. First, the book identifies three dominant types of ... More


Introduction

Bosko Tripkovic

in The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The chapter explains the relevance, subject matter, structure, and method of the book. The book aims to challenge and explain the metaethical foundations of value-based arguments in constitutional ... More


Constitutional Ethics, Confidence, and Reflection

Bosko Tripkovic

in The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198808084
eISBN:
9780191845833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808084.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The chapter applies the notions of confidence and reflection to constitutional reasoning. The first part of the chapter contends that the arguments from constitutional identity, common sentiment, and ... More


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