Substitute Arguments in Constitutional Law

74 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2015

Date Written: 2015


In this article, I argue that that substitution is crucial to our practice of constitutional law. Of course, if one wished, one could easily extend the domain of substitution beyond these boundaries. Substitute arguments are an important aspect of law more generally and, indeed, of life. I have nonetheless chosen to limit my discussion to constitutional substitution because, I believe, overt discussion of substitution in this particular area illuminates important aspects of our constitutional regime -– aspects that substitution itself regularly obscures. To put my central point directly, I hope to show that constitutional law amounts to one, giant substitute argument.

Keywords: common law rule, substitution argument, diliberation, constititional argument

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Seidman, Louis Michael, Substitute Arguments in Constitutional Law (2015). Available at SSRN: or

Louis Michael Seidman (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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