Conference on Richard Epstein’s The Classical Liberal Constitution

Last Monday, a conference was held at NYU on Richard Epstein’s new book The Classical Liberal Constitution.  Epstein’s book is in some sense his magnum opus — at least as to constitutional law — setting forth in 700 pages his classical liberal view of the Constitution and its development.  It is a beautiful book and well worth reading.

My presentation at the conference discussed whether the book could be classified as following an originalist methodology.  I conclude that it cannot.  The entire conference is available on video.  For the panel I participated in see, here.  (I start talking at the 30 minute mark.)

For the other two panels, see here and here.

Mike Rappaport

Professor Rappaport is Darling Foundation Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism. Professor Rappaport is the author of numerous law review articles in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  His book, Originalism and the Good Constitution, which is co-authored with John McGinnis, was published by the Harvard University Press in 2013.  Professor Rappaport is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he received a JD and a DCL (Law and Political Theory).

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  1. Kevin R. Hardwick says

    Michael–

    Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. It looks like a powerful piece of scholarship–I look forward to reading it, when Amazon prime does its useful trick and delivers it . . .

    All best,
    Kevin

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