Original Meaning or Framers' Intent? A New Book and an Age-Old Debate

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In his new book, The Hollow Core of Constitutional Theory: Why We Need the Framers, historian Donald Drakeman argues that in order to properly interpret the Constitution, one must consider the will of the lawmakers—in this case, those founding fathers who framed the charter—and, more specifically, their decisions about both the ends and the means of the provisions they designed. In the face of ascendant "public meaning" originalism, this book seeks to revive the importance of the framers' intent in constitutional theory and interpretation.

Joining Mr. Drakeman to review his new book are two distinguished constitutional theorists, Professors Lawrence Solum of the University of Virginia and Keith Whittington of Princeton. All three will offer their views on the matters at hand in a discussion moderated by Judge Britt Grant of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Featuring: 

Donald L. Drakeman, Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame

Prof. Lawrence B. Solum, William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Prof. Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Moderator: Hon. Britt C. Grant, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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