Barnett, Randy E.
January 2011
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy;Winter2011, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p65
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the importance of keeping the activities of interpretation and construction of the U.S. Constitution separate. The essayist deduces that originalism is a method of constitutional interpretation that the meaning of the text, at the time of enactment, is identified as its public meaning. It discusses how ambiguity and vagueness contribute to the problem of ascertaining semantic meanings and that normative theories are needed for proper interpretation and construction.


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