In theclosing decades of the eighteenth century, the newly independent colonies along the mid-Atlantic coast of North America commenced an unprecedented public debate concerning the principles of civil government. The debate culminated in 1787 with the Philadelphia convention where the United States Constitution was drafted and adopted. After rati
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction: The Philosophical Foundations of the U.S. Constitution -- The Ideals of the Framers -- Introduction to Part One -- Virtue, the Public Good, and Publius -- The Purposes of the Constitution -- Democracy and the Constitution -- Introduction to Part Two -- Constitutional Revision -- Constitutional Limits on Majoritarian Democracy -- Interpreting the Constitution -- Introduction to Part Three -- Between Clause-bound Literalism and Value Imposition: A Positivist Noninterpretivist Theory of Judicial Review -- Toward a Public Values Philosophy of the Constitution -- Constitutional Integrity and Compromise -- Current Issues in Constitutional Law -- Introduction to Part Four -- Access, Enablement, and the First Amendment -- Respect for Individuals Versus Respect for Groups: Public Aid for Confessional Schools in the United States and Canada -- The Right to Privacy and Personal Autonomy -- Procedural Due Process -- The Exclusionary Rule as Constitutional Renewal: U.S. Integrity and Canadian Repute
Diana Tietjens Meyers is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She is the author of Subjection and Subjectivity: Psychoanalytic Feminism and Moral Philosophy; Inalienable Rights: A Defense; and Self, Society, and Personal Choice. She is the editor of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory: A Sourcebook and coeditor of numerous books, including Women and Moral Theory.