A Critical Notice of Constitutional Goods by Alan Brudner
Posted: 21 Jun 2007
Constitutional Goods offers an ambitious constitutional theory that challenges basic liberal ideas such as the priority of basic liberties and the inevitable disagreement between competing conceptions of the right and the good. The book has two objectives: it attempts to widen, on the one hand, the list of constitutional goods that deserve priority over other interests. On the other, it tries to bring competing conceptions of the right and the good together under an overarching umbrella defined as the 'inclusive conception'. This article attempts to show that, despite the valuable and ambitious effort, Constitutional Goods is unlikely to convince everyone of its capacity for inclusiveness.
Keywords: constitutional law, Hegelism, goods
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