Interview by The Junto

Some may know that The Junto is a group blog about early American history. Today, it talks about using history to make constitutional law, focusing on Gordon Wood, Scott Gerber  and my book.

Some may be interested in the full interview on the subject here:

The interview explains why constitutional judgment should be understood as an artisan judgment, and why history isn't anything special to the venture. The discussion is very relevant to the prejudices that political scientists very often exhibit in this area. In fact, as between the following ideas that are out there -- judging as historic accuracy (originalism), as political attitudes/ideology (cynical view) or as compelling moral principles (Dworkin) -- the idea of connoisseurship presents a new way to move forward. It seems to resolve many of the problems.

Mike Rappaport and the Originalism Blog Mention the Book

Special thanks go to Mike Rappaport for mentioning the Flexible Constitution here. I'm going to be sending Mike a copy of the book. Even if he's critical of it in later posts, that's okay. So far, he's the first originalist scholar to even acknowledge that the book exists. It was nice to see that the people who run The Originalist Blog are truly interested in the issues. By contrast, Eugene Volokh, a conservative, decided he was too busy to mention the book on his website and also showed no interest in receiving a free copy. And  he could not even mention other writers to try. I'm waiting now to see whether Larry Solum will say something. (Larry's views are well covered in the book)