Chapter 7. Constitutional Law and Interpretation

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Philip Bobbitt

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch7

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Bobbitt, P. (2010) Constitutional Law and Interpretation, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia Law School, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • constitutional law and interpretation;
  • constitutional interpretation - subject, of how the Constitution is applied;
  • forms of constitutional argument, or modalities of constitutional interpretation;
  • “Strict Construction” - exclusive reliance on first three forms;
  • textual approaches - confused with historical approaches and own anachronistic qualities;
  • impact of textual argument on constitutional interpretation - area of Fourteenth Amendment;
  • structural argument, one of classic modalities;
  • First Amendment's - guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion;
  • Fifth Amendment's - bar against involuntary self-incrimination;
  • modality of constitutional interpretation - appealing to ethos of American Constitution

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Interpretation According to Law

  • References