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Published: 02 November 2021

184 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197555972

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The (Un)Written Constitution

George Thomas

  • Illustrates that our most important constitutional debates are about unwritten ideas that frame our reading of text
  • Corrects the public understanding of Supreme Court justices that adhere to textualism and originalism
  • Demonstrates that we necessarily rely on judgments outside the text and that we have done so from the ratification of the Constitution to the present day when it comes to both the powers of the government and the rights of the people
  • Introduces the reader to some of our most important debates about the Constitution, revealing how these debates animate the Supreme Court decisions, but allows the reader to judge what approach they find most convincing
  • Written in an engaging manner that makes debates about constitutional interpretation accessible

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