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Columbia Law Review

1984

Law and Philosophy

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Constitutional Law As Moral Philosophy, Gerard E. Lynch Jan 1984

Constitutional Law As Moral Philosophy, Gerard E. Lynch

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The seemingly inexhaustible debate over the proper role of the Supreme Court in constitutional adjudication concerns an issue of enormous practical importance: whether the Court has or should have the power to overturn the decision of a democratically elected legislature to, say, prohibit abortions, affects not only the allocation of significant political power, but also the moral lives and indeed the very bodies of millions of citizens. For this reason, many contributions to that debate, from academics as well as from practicing politicians, have burned with the passion of political commitment, seeking to influence events directly by persuading judges (or ...