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Originalism's Promise, and Its Limits

20 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2014 Last revised: 4 Jun 2015

Lee J. Strang

University of Toledo College of Law

Date Written: August 25, 2014


In this Symposium Essay, I summarize originalism’s promise and limits. Part II succinctly explains originalism’s promise. Part III briefly describes originalism’s limits. Part IV then suggests that originalism’s limits contribute to its promise.

Keywords: constitutional interpretation, originalism, nonoriginalism, normatively attractive, judicial capacity, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas

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Strang, Lee J., Originalism's Promise, and Its Limits (August 25, 2014). 63 Cleveland State Law Review 81 (2014); University of Toledo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-19. Available at SSRN:

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