On Jim Fleming’s Anti-Originalism

Sotirios A. Barber

Resumen

James E. Fleming’s new contribution to the interpretive debate successfully exposes “new originalist” failures to find defensible middle ground between a Dworkinian approach to constitutional interpretation and the now widely discredited originalism of Raoul Berger. Fleming also exposes the irony of “new originalist” efforts to vindicate democracy and the rule of law. Less persuasive are Fleming’s reasons for optimism about the future of constitutional theory and fidelity to a constitution that seems increasingly beyond reform.

Palabras clave

Fidelity in constitutional interpretation; constitutional failure; originalism; new originalism; moral reading of a Constitution; philosophic approach to constitutional interpretation

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