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Defensor Fidei: The Travails Of A Post-Realist Formalism, Lyrissa Lidsky Jan 1995

Defensor Fidei: The Travails Of A Post-Realist Formalism, Lyrissa Lidsky

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This Article probes the philosophical and psychological attractions of formalism and suggests that its promise of stability and order may be essential to the effective functioning of the legal system, even if the promise can never be realized.


This Is Not A Sentence, Paul F. Campos Jan 1995

This Is Not A Sentence, Paul F. Campos

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How To Think About The Federal Commerce Power And Incidentally Rewrite United States V. Lopez, Donald H. Regan Jan 1995

How To Think About The Federal Commerce Power And Incidentally Rewrite United States V. Lopez, Donald H. Regan

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Almost sixty years after the "revolution" of 1937, we still do not have an adequate theory of the commerce power. The Court was right to abandon the theory of dual federalism epitomized by Carter v. Carter Coal Co.;' and it has got the right results in the major cases decided since then. But our post-1937 theory, whether before or after Lopez, is a mess. On the one hand, we have a collection of doctrinal rules that, if we take them seriously, allow Congress to do anything it wants under the commerce power. On the other hand, we continue to pay …


Defensor Fidei: The Travails Of A Post-Realist Formalist, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky Jan 1995

Defensor Fidei: The Travails Of A Post-Realist Formalist, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky

UF Law Faculty Publications

This Article explores common formalist themes, asking not whether formalism's aspirations are attainable but why formalists still struggle to attain them in the face of sustained attacks by anti-formalists. After briefly sketching the tenets of formalism in Section I, this Article turns to an examination of Summers' "post-realist formalism." Finally, this Article probes the philosophical and psychological attractions of formalism and suggests that formalism's promise of stability and order may be essential to the effective functioning of the legal system, even if this promise can never be realized.