A Debt Against the Living
An Introduction to Originalism
This book is a short introduction to and a defense of originalism and the Founding.
|Titel:||A Debt Against the Living|
|Uitgever:||Cambridge University Press|
|Plaats van publicatie:||03|
|Afmetingen:||228 x 152 x 10|
Ilan Wurman is an attorney in Washington, DC, and a nonresident fellow at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. He was formerly deputy general counsel on Senator Rand Paul's US presidential campaign, associate counsel on Senator Tom Cotton's campaign for US Senate, and a law clerk to the honorable Jerry E. Smith of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous law reviews, including the Stanford Law Review and the Texas Law Review, as well as in national journals, including National Affairs, The Weekly Standard, and City Journal. He graduated from Stanford Law School, and from Claremont McKenna College with degrees in Government and Physics.
'Constitutional theory matters. We disagree about what our constitutional rights and powers are in large measure because we disagree about general and abstract questions of constitutional interpretation. In clear and accessible prose, Ilan Wurman defends an originalist approach to constitutional interpretation on the arresting ground that only by enforcing the written Constitution as it was originally understood by those who wrote and ratified it can living Americans discharge a debt that we owe to the Founding. Wurman's book is a lucid introduction to theoretical debates of great practical importance.' Mitchell Berman, Leon Meltzer Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Forward; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Preliminaries and Language: 1. The origins of originalism; 2. The meaning of meaning; Part II. The Original Constitution: 3. Constitutional legitimacy; 4. The founders on founding; 5. Interpreting the constitution; Part III. Objections and Recapitulation: 6. Lawyers as historians; 7. Brown v. board and originalism; 8. A coda on nonoriginalisms; Epilogue.
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