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Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations
by Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry
University of Chicago Press, 2002
Cloth: 978-0-226-23808-1 | eISBN: 978-0-226-23810-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-23809-8
Library of Congress Classification KF4550.F367 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 342.73

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Irreverent, provocative, and engaging, Desperately Seeking Certainty attacks the current legal vogue for grand unified theories of constitutional interpretation. On both the Right and the Left, prominent legal scholars are attempting to build all of constitutional law from a single foundational idea. Dan Farber and Suzanna Sherry find that in the end no single, all-encompassing theory can successfully guide judges or provide definitive or even sensible answers to every constitutional question. Their book brilliantly reveals how problematic foundationalism is and shows how the pragmatic, multifaceted common law methods already used by the Court provide a far better means of reaching sound decisions and controlling judicial discretion than do any of the grand theories.

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