What did the Constitution mean at the time it was adopted? How should we interpret today the words used by the Founding Fathers? In Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate, these questions are explained and dissected by the very people who continue to shape the legal structure of our country.
Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate is a lively and fascinating discussion of an issue that has occupied the greatest legal minds in America, and one that continues to elicit strong reactions from both those who support and those who oppose the rule of law. Steven G. Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society and professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, has compiled an impressive collection of speeches, panel discussions, and debates from some of the greatest and most prominent legal experts of the last twenty-five years.
Being an originalist myself, I found this book interesting. It opened my eyes in a few respects and reminded me of a great number of things concerning constitutional interpretation. A great number of people spoke on behalf of originalism, textualism, and historical understanding. A great problem in our nation is the reliance on precedent, which can be dangerous in itself. An interesting read, if into the constitution & the court.
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