Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution

Hardcover | February 27, 2009

byLackland H. Bloom

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Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution examines the various methodologies the Supreme Court, and individual justices, have employed throughout history when interpreting the United States Constitution. Rather than attempting to set forth an overall theory ofconstitutional interpretation or plunge into the never ending scholarly debate over interpretative theory, Lackland H. Bloom Jr. focuses exclusively on what the Court and individual justices have done and said about constitutional interpretation in the course of deciding constitutional cases. Heidentifies many of the best, and a few of the worst, examples of particular interpretative methodologies, as well as the best examples of explicit discussions of constitutional interpretation by the Court and individual justices. Professor Bloom pays particular focus on the Supreme Court'sapproaches to constitutional interpretation since it is the Court that sets the standards. Although commentators may have the final word on what constitutional interpretation should be, he argues that the Court essentially has the final word on what it actually is.

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Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution examines the various methodologies the Supreme Court, and individual justices, have employed throughout history when interpreting the United States Constitution. Rather than attempting to set forth an overall theory ofconstitutional interpretation or plunge into t...

Professor Lackland H. Bloom is a Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a specialist in constitutional law, and has recently published articles concerning freedom of speech and the rhetoric of Supreme Court opinions.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Textualism2. The Original Understanding3. Tradition and Practice4. Constitutional Structure5. Precedent6. Deriving Doctrine7. Shaping, Clarifying, and Changing Doctrine8. Consequential Reasoning9. RhetoricIndex