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  • Constitutional Faithby Sanford Levinson

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 26.95

    This book examines the "constitutional faith" that has, since 1788, been a central component of American "civil religion." By taking seriously the parallel between wholehearted acceptance of the Constitution and religious faith, Sanford Levinson opens up a host of intriguing questions about what it means to be American. While some view the Constitution... more...

  • Framedby Sanford Levinson

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 17.99

    In his widely acclaimed volume Our Undemocratic Constitution, Sanford Levinson boldly argued that our Constitution should not be treated with "sanctimonious reverence," but as a badly flawed document deserving revision. Now Levinson takes us deeper, asking what were the original assumptions underlying our institutions, and whether we accept... more...

  • Our Undemocratic Constitutionby Sanford Levinson

    Oxford University Press, USA 2006; US$ 13.99

    Prelude: The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson. Introduction: A Tale of Two Signings. 1. The Ratification Referendum: Sending the Constitution to a New Convention for Repair. 2. Our Undemocratic Legislative Process. 3. The Legacy of Article II: Too-Powerful Presidents, Chosen in an Indefensible Process, Who Cannot Be Displaced Even When They Are Manifestly... more...

  • Responding to Imperfectionby Sanford Levinson

    Princeton University Press 1995; US$ 60.00

    An increasing number of constitutional theorists, within both the legal academy and university departments of government, are focusing on the conceptual and political problems attached to the notion of constitutional amendment. Amendments are, among other things, recognitions of the imperfection of existing schemes of government. The relative ease... more...

  • Tortureby Sanford Levinson

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 13.99

    The use of torture, at least under some conditions, has gained some prominent defenders. This title brings together lawyers, political theorists, social scientists and others to debate the advisability of maintaining its absolute ban and to reflect on what it says about our societies if we do--or do not--adhere to it in all circumstances. more...

  • Evolution and Moralityby Sanford Levinson; James E. Fleming

    NYU Press 2012; US$ 55.25

    Can theories of evolution explain the development of our capacityfor moral judgment and the content of morality itself?If bad behavior punished by the criminal law is attributableto physical causes, rather than being intentional or voluntaryas traditionally assumed, what are the implications for rethinkingthe criminal justice system? Is evolutionary... more...

  • Legal Canonsby Jack Balkin; Sanford Levinson

    NYU Press 2000; US$ 26.56

    Every discipline has its canon: the set of standard texts, approaches, examples, and stories by which it is recognized and which its members repeatedly invoke and employ. Although the last twenty-five years have seen the influence of interdisciplinary approaches to legal studies expand, there has been little recent consideration of what is and what... more...

  • American Conservatismby Sanford Levinson; Melissa Williams; Joel Parker

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 55.25

    The topic of American conservatism is especially timely?and perhaps volatile.  Is there what might be termed an ?exceptional? form of conservatism that is characteristically American, in contrast to conservatisms found in other countries?  Are views that are identified in the United States as conservative necessarily congruent with what political... more...

  • Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragediesby William N. Eskridge; Sanford V. Levinson

    NYU Press 1998; US$ 22.95

    The Constitution is the cornerstone of American government, hailed as one of the greatest contributions of the Western Enlightenment. While many seem content simply to celebrate it, those most familiar with the document invariably find it wanting in at least some aspects. This unique volume brings together many of the country's most esteemed constitutional... more...

  • Loyaltyby Paul Woodruff; Joel Parker; Sanford Levinson

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 55.25

    Few topics are more ubiquitous in everyday life and, at the same time, more controversial in practice, than that of one?s moral obligation to loyalty. Featuring essays by scholars working in a variety of subjects from law to psychology, Loyalty presents diverse perspectives on dilemmas posed by potential conflicts between loyalties to specific institutions... more...