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Reading the Constitution : why I chose pragmatism, not textualism

Title
Reading the Constitution : why I chose pragmatism, not textualism / Stephen Breyer.
ISBN
9781668021538
1668021536
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publication
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2024.
Copyright Notice Date
©2024
Physical Description
xxix, 335 pages ; 25 cm
Summary
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.
Variant and related titles
Why I chose pragmatism, not textualism
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 08, 2024
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-321) and index.
Contents
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.
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