The American Constitution and Its Provenance

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - Political Science - 382 pages
In this comprehensive collection of essays representing a lifetime of scholarship, distinguished political scientist Richard Stevens examines the fundamental principles of the American Constitutional order. Stevens discusses the Constitution's roots in Renaissance and Enlightenment political philosophy, and evaluates several major twentieth-century constitutional commentators. With a focus on the core of constitutional principle, Stevens critiques such views as that the Constitution founds a mixed regime, or is rooted in Christianity, or is a 'living constitution, ' or is to be interpreted in the light of a 'higher law background.' Broad in scope and penetrating in analysis, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of constitutional law, American political thought, and American history.

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Contents

III
1
IV
15
V
25
VI
37
VII
55
VIII
69
IX
71
X
87
XVI
163
XVII
205
XVIII
243
XIX
251
XX
269
XXI
271
XXII
289
XXIII
307

XI
93
XII
103
XIII
119
XIV
139
XV
141
XXIV
329
XXV
335
XXVI
369
XXVII
377
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Richard G. Stevens is a retired former professor of political science at the National Defense University. He is the author of Frankfurter and Due Process, and the co-editor, with Morton Frisch, of American Political Thought and The Political Thought of American Statesmen.

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