The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption (Preface)

The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, Yale University Press 2018, Forthcoming

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2018-12

6 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2018 Last revised: 15 Mar 2018

Richard L. Hasen

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: March 9, 2018

Abstract

Engaging but caustic and openly ideological, Antonin Scalia was among the most influential justices ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. In this new book, legal scholar Richard L. Hasen assesses Scalia’s complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptive public intellectual.

The left saw Scalia as an unscrupulous foe who amplified his judicial role with scathing dissents and outrageous public comments. The right viewed him as a rare principled justice committed to neutral tools of constitutional and statutory interpretation. Hasen provides a more nuanced perspective, demonstrating how Scalia was crucial to reshaping jurisprudence on issues from abortion to gun rights to separation of powers. A jumble of contradictions, Scalia promised neutral tools to legitimize the Supreme Court, but his jurisprudence and confrontational style moved the Court to the right, alienated potential allies, and helped to delegitimize the institution he was trying to save.

Note: [This is the preface of the new book.]

Keywords: Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, political polarization

Suggested Citation

Hasen, Richard L., The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption (Preface) (March 9, 2018). The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, Yale University Press 2018, Forthcoming; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2018-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3137220

Richard L. Hasen (Contact Author)

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