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The flexible constitution

Author: Sean Wilson
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is an ambitious work on constitutional theory. Influenced by the views of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sean Wilson tackles the problem of how a judge can obey a document written in ordinary, flexible language. He argues that whether something is 'constitutional' is not an historical fact, but is an artisan judgment. Criteria are set forth showing why some judgments represent superior connoisseurship and why others do  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012038672
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Wilson
ISBN: 0739178164 9780739178164 9781299282247 1299282245
OCLC Number: 830628292
Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 209 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Wittgenstein, law and originalism --
Obeying flexible commands --
Is there a fixed meaning? --
Public meaning v. meaning as use --
The flexible constitution --
Structuralism and polysemy --
Law as connoisseur judgment --
The philosophy of Framers' intent --
Why Framers' intent is flawed --
The new originalism --
The Constitution as old society --
Cultural construction --
What originalism really is --
Appendix. The philosophical investigation.
Responsibility: Sean Wilson.

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This is a new Wittgensteinian account of the American Constitution that provides a fresh perspective on how judges can follow a legal document written in flexible language. The book shows why  Read more...

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[This is] an excellent book which advances a new Wittgensteinian theory of constitutional interpretation. -- George Martinez, Southern Methodist University From Wittgenstein to connoisseur judgment, Read more...

 
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