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George P. Fletcher

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195156285.001.0001

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Redemption Under Law

Redemption Under Law

(p.15) Chapter 1 Redemption Under Law
Our Secret Constitution

George P. Fletcher (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses the influence of religious ideas on legal values and experience, citing examples from religious law (especially Jewish law and the Talmud), the French civil code, and the German Constitution. The idea of law as a path to redemption for a people or nation is examined. The author points out that he considers the “original intent” of the framers of the Constitution (and its subsequent Amendments) irrelevant for the purposes of this book's analysis.

Keywords:   Constitution framers, French civil code, German Constitution, Jewish law, legal values, original intent, redemption, Religious law, Talmud

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