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Legal Intellectuals in ConversationReflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory$
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James R. Hackney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737071

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.001.0001

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Contemporary Liberal Constitutional Theory

Contemporary Liberal Constitutional Theory

(p.167) 8 Contemporary Liberal Constitutional Theory
Legal Intellectuals in Conversation

Bruce Ackerman

NYU Press

This chapter presents an interview with Bruce Ackerman, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. He is recognized for his work in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy. Ackerman is a preeminent liberal theorist. His work comes out of the tradition of John Rawls, one of his tutors at Harvard. Topics covered during the interview include his undergraduate training in government and philosophy at Harvard; what he did between law school and coming back to Yale Law School; the distinction between originalists and progressive rights theorists; his current views on law and economics; whether there is a relationship between his vision of constitutionalism and economics; and whether private, thick associations (race, sex, sexual orientation, etc.) act as obstacles to even a thin dialogue among citizens.

Keywords:   Yale Law School, law professors, Yale University, political philosophy, constitutional law, public policy, Bruce Ackerman

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