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Reading the Constitution : why I chose pragmatism, not textualism

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.

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  • ISBN: 9781668021552
  • ISBN: 1668021536
  • ISBN: 9781668021538
  • 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 (pages 269-321) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Subject: Constitutional law United States
United States Supreme Court.
Droit États-Unis Interprétation
Constitutional law United States
Law United States Interpretation and construction
United States.
United States. Supreme Court.

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