The U.S. Constitution has been on many people’s minds of late, with charges that the Constitution may have been violated and predictions by some of an impending constitutional crisis. Now is a good time to take a closer look at the document. Clearly the Constitution provides a framework for our laws, but what does it have to say about morality?
Paul DeHart ferrets out the document’s implicit moral assumptions as he revisits the notion that constitutions are more than merely practical institutional arrangements. In Uncovering the Constitution’s Moral Design, now available in paperback, he seeks to reveal, elaborate, and then evaluate the Constitution’s normative framework to determine whether it is philosophically sound—and whether it makes moral assumptions that correspond to reality.
This cogently argued study shows that the Constitution does presuppose a natural law to which human law must conform, and it takes a major step in resolving current debates over the Constitution’s normative framework while remaining detached from the social issues that divide today’s political arena. Uncovering the Constitution’s Moral Design is an original approach to the Constitution that marks a significant contribution to understanding the moral underpinnings of our form of government.
It hastens us to lift our gaze from the proximate and clamor to consider anew the rationale beyond the Constitution, and relatedly, its potentialities and limitations.—Law and Politics Book Review
UNCOVERING THE CONSTITUTION’S MORAL DESIGN
Paul R. DeHart
$40.00 • Paperback: 978-0-8262-2130-8 • 312 pp. • 5 illus. • 6.13 x 9.25