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Reading the constitution : why I chose pragmatism, not textualism  Cover Image Book Book

Reading the constitution : why I chose pragmatism, not textualism / Stephen Breyer.

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  • ISBN: 9781668021538
  • ISBN: 1668021536
  • Physical Description: xxix, 335 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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?
Subject: United States. Constitution.
United States. Supreme Court.
Constitutional law > United States.
Constitutional history > United States.

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