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Gienapp, "The Second Creation"

Here’s an interesting new volume that seems to want very much to reflect an anti-originalist view of the meaning of constitutional text (and that aspires to “explosive” implications for originalism), and yet might be thought, at least from the description, to be consistent with certain theories of “liquidation” of constitutional meaning that have been employed to supplement originalism. 268 more words

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Rosenblatt, "The Lost History of Liberalism"

Here is what looks like a rich and very useful intellectual history of liberalism that disagrees with, or at least greatly qualifies, certain contemporary views about the nature of the dominant political philosophy of the last 500 years. 307 more words

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"Dignity in the Legal and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin" (Khurshid et al., eds.)

“Dignity” has become an increasingly important legal value in recent decades. It has taken up a central position in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence of substantive due process, where values including privacy and autonomy occupied the limelight in prior decades. 404 more words

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Baker, "The Reinvention of Magna Carta: 1216-1616"

When Magna Carta passed its 800th anniversary a few years ago, it was clear that its legacy was hotly contested by those who could be called the “celebrators” as against the “debunkers.” The celebrators note the importance of the document as the progenitor of the idea of limited government and the rule of law (including and especially in England and the United States), while the debunkers counter that Magna Carta’s image today is largely the product of nostalgic myth-making (see this… 232 more words

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CLR at Princeton, First Things

The semester’s winding down, but both Marc and I have been busy this week. This afternoon, I’ll be commenting on Brian Hutler’s paper, “Conscientious Objection or Political Protest, But Not Both,” at a… 103 more words

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Stern, "Dante's Philosophical Life"

Dante’s Purgatorio has always seemed to me to fly under the radar. Inferno draws most people’s attention, and Paradiso, while much less well known in its details, is generally understood to be the final objective of the work. 467 more words

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