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The Resource Fidelity & constraint : how the Supreme Court has read the American constitution, Lawrence Lessig

Fidelity & constraint : how the Supreme Court has read the American constitution, Lawrence Lessig

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Fidelity & constraint : how the Supreme Court has read the American constitution
Title
Fidelity & constraint
Title remainder
how the Supreme Court has read the American constitution
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Lessig
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Fidelity and constraint
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eng
Summary
"The fundamental fact about our Constitution is that it is old--the oldest written constitution in the world. The fundamental challenge for interpreters of the Constitution is how to read that old document over time. In Fidelity & Constraint, legal scholar Lawrence Lessig explains that one of the most basic approaches to interpreting the constitution is the process of translation. Indeed, some of the most significant shifts in constitutional doctrine are products of the evolution over time of the translation process. In every new era, judges understand their translations as instances of "interpretive fidelity," framed within each new temporal context. Yet, as Lessig also argues, there is a repeatedly occurring countermove that upends the process of translation. Throughout American history, there has been a second fidelity in addition to interpretive fidelity: what Lessig calls "fidelity to role." In each of the cycles of translation that he describes, the role of the judge--the ultimate translator--has evolved too. Old ways of interpreting the text now become illegitimate because they do not match up with the judge's perceived role. And when that conflict occurs, the practice of judges within our tradition has been to follow the guidance of a fidelity to role. Ultimately, Lessig not only shows us how important the concept of translation is to constitutional interpretation, but also exposes the institutional limits on this practice. The first work of both constitutional and foundational theory by one of America's leading legal minds, Fidelity & Constraint maps strategies that both help judges understand the fundamental conflict at the heart of interpretation whenever it arises and work around the limits it inevitably creates"--
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Lessig, Lawrence
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Constitutional law
  • Law
  • Constitutional law
  • Law
  • United States
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Fidelity & constraint : how the Supreme Court has read the American constitution, Lawrence Lessig
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nc
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txt
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rdacontent
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25 cm
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xii, 581 pages
Isbn
9780190945664
Lccn
2018059943
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
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(OCoLC)1054369983
Label
Fidelity & constraint : how the Supreme Court has read the American constitution, Lawrence Lessig
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 581 pages
Isbn
9780190945664
Lccn
2018059943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)1054369983

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