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Antonin Scalia and American Constitutionalism: The Historical Significance of a Judicial Icon

Edward A. Purcell, Jr.

Abstract

Antonin Scalia and American Constitutionalism is a critical study of Justice Antonin Scalia’s jurisprudence, his work on the U.S. Supreme Court, and his significance for an understanding of American constitutionalism. After tracing Scalia’s emergence as a hero of the political right and his opposition to many of the decisions of the Warren Court, this book examines his general jurisprudential theory of originalism and textualism, arguing that he failed to produce either the objective method he claimed or the “correct” constitutional results he promised. Focusing on his judicial performance ove ... More

Keywords: Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court, originalism, constitutionalism, jurisprudence, politics, conservative, Republican Party, Warren Court, textualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197508763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197508763.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward A. Purcell, Jr., author
Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, New York Law School