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Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution

Lackland H. Bloom Jr


This book discusses in great detail the interpretive methods that the Supreme Court and individual justices have employed to discern and explain constitutional meaning from the earliest days to the present. It relies exclusively on the actual approaches and explanations offered by the justices rather than providing its own normative theory of constitutional interpretation. The book is organized around particular interpretive methods such as textualism as opposed to historical eras, individual decisions, or legal subject matter. Chapters One and Two discuss textualism including textual canons, ... More

Keywords: textualism, original understanding, tradition and practice, structural, precedent, doctrine, consequential, ethical, rhetoric, synthesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lackland H. Bloom Jr, author