Constitutionalism: Philosophical Foundations

Constitutionalism: Philosophical Foundations

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Philosophy & Law

Edited by Larry Alexander, Series edited by Gerald J. Postema, Series edited by Jules L. Coleman, Series edited by Antony Duff, Series edited by David Lyons, Series edited by Neil MacCormick, Series edited by Stephen R. Munzer, Series edited by Philip Pettit, Series edited by Joseph Raz, Series edited by Jeremy Waldron


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  • Format: Paperback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 32mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 23 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521799996
  • ISBN 13: 9780521799997
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 511,182

Product description

This is the second volume in a sub-series of specially commissioned collaborative volumes on key topics at the heart of contemporary philosophy of law that will be appearing regularly within Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law. A distinguished international team of legal theorists examine the issue of constitutionalism and pose such foundational questions as: why have a constitution? How do we know what the constitution of a country really is? How should a constitution be interpreted? Why should one generation feel bound by the constitution of an earlier one? The volume will be of particular importance to those in philosophy, law, political science and international relations interested in what kinds of constitutions should be adopted in countries without them, and involved in debates about constitutional interpretation.

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"This useful collection of essays addresses basic problems in constitutional theory and jurisprudence...a useful collection of insightful essays for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." Choice

Table of contents

Introduction Lawrence Alexander; 1. American constitutionalism Richard Kay; 2. Constitutional authorship Frank Michelman; 3. What is 'The Constitution'? Michael Perry; 4. Legitimacy and interpretation Jed Rubenfeld; 5. The domain of constitutional justice Lawrence Sager; 6. Precommitment and disagreement Jeremy Waldron; 7. On the authority and interpretation of constitutions: preliminaries Joseph Raz.