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America In Theory
America In Theory
Edited by Leslie Berlowitz, Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand
Oxford, 1989, 302 pp

These essays by 17 scholars in several fields-history, law, philosophy, literature and the social sciences-are unified by denial that there is a single objective theory of the meaning of America. Most authors explicitly or implicitly see adherence to a single theory-such as the doctrine that original constitutional intent should determine present policy-as reactionary and repressive. An example is Deborah Rhode's strong essay on "Gender Equality and Constitutional Traditions."