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Moral Foundations of Constitutional Thought: Current Problems, Augustinian Prospects

Graham Walker

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ISBN 10: 0691078238 / ISBN 13: 9780691078236
Editore: Princeton Univ Pr 1990-11, 1990
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Hardback. Book, 200 pp Very good condition. Very good dust jacket. ISBN: 0691078238. Codice inventario libreria J888927

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Titolo: Moral Foundations of Constitutional Thought:...

Casa editrice: Princeton Univ Pr 1990-11

Data di pubblicazione: 1990

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione sovraccoperta: Dust Jacket Included

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Graham Walker boldly recasts the debate over issues like constitutional interpretation and judicial review, and challenges contemporary thinking not only about specifically constitutional questions but also about liberalism, law, justice, and rights. Walker targets the "skeptical" moral nihilism of leading American judges and writers, on both the political left and right, charging that their premises undermine the authority of the Constitution, empty its moral words of any determinate meaning, and make nonsense of ostensibly normative theories. But he is even more worried about those who desire to conduct constitutional government by direct recourse to an authoritative moral truth. Augustine's political ethics, Walker argues, offers a solution--a way to embrace substantive goodness while relativizing its embodiment in politics and law.


Walker sees in Augustinian theory an understanding of the rule of law that prevents us from mistaking law for moral truth. Pointing out how the tensions in that theory resonate with the normative ambivalence of America's liberal constitutionalism, he shows that Augustine can provide successful but decidedly nonliberal grounds for the artifices and compromises characteristic of law in a liberal state.


Originally published in 1990.


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