Lawrence Solum on Faith and Fidelity: Originalism and the Possibility of Constitutional Redemption(Solum論信念與忠誠)

Lawrence Solum在SSRN上面發表了一篇文章:Faith and Fidelity: Originalism and the Possibility of Constitutional Redemption,是一篇對於Jack Balkin兩本書籍的長書評,包含了Constitutional Redemption以及Living Originalism。Soulm教授的這一篇書評,基本上區分為幾個部分。第一、回答什麼叫做「忠誠於憲法的原初意義」:回顧了原意主義者的發展史,但是透過檢視Balkin所提倡的living originalism是否屬於原意主義陣營,思考原意主義的家族相似性(如果可以這麼說的話)。第二、探討什麼是constitutional redemption,並且思考redemption所需的信念(faith)與忠誠(fidelity)如何可以相容?第三、檢討living constitutionalism與原意主義的相容性。我認為,基本上這是一篇很精彩書評。Solum教授自己已在原意主義的哲學基礎以及基本命題上耕耘許久,他檢視Jack Balkin的立場以及思考其理論可能的模糊之處,皆是從Solum自身所深度探討的主張出發。當然,這一篇的樂趣也預設了對於Jack Balkin理論的興趣。關於這篇書評以及Balkin的這兩本書,都很推薦,特別是Living Originalism一書



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