Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 17, 2009 - Law - 312 pages
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The role of law in government has been increasingly scrutinized as courts struggle with controversial topics such as assisted suicide, euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, and torture. Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution explores such issues by using classical standards of morality as a starting point for understanding them. Drawing on works of literature and philosophy, and on U.S. Supreme Court decisions, George Anastaplo examines the intimate relationship between human nature and constitutional law.


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8 Nancy Cruzan and The Right to Die
9 Washington v Glucksberg 1997 and Assisted Suicide
10 The Legislation of Morality and the Problem of Pain
11 Evolution and the Law
12 Life and Death in Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address
13 The Unseemly Fearfulness of Our Time
Appendix A
Appendix B

7 Time and the Constitution
8 Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the Modern Project
9 Public Health and Private Consciences
10 The Flag Salute Cases 1940 1943
11 Conscientious Objectors and Military Conscription
12 Obliteration Bombing Civilian Casualties and the Laws of War
13 Do All Somehow Aim at the Good?
Part Two
1 Shakespeares Hamlet and the Elusiveness of the Good
2 Unconventional Religious Duties and the Good Life
3 Griswold v Connecticut 1965 and the Prevention of Conception
4 Roe v Wade 1973 and the Law of Abortion
5 Planned Parenthood v Casey 1992 and the Persistence of the Abortion Issue
6 Capital Punishment and the United States Supreme Court
7 Capital Punishment Reconsidered
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Ye Need Not Fear the Grave?
Does Conscience Make Cowards of Us All?
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H
Appendix I
Appendix J
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George Anastaplo is professor of law at Loyola School of Law and lecturer in liberal arts at the University of Chicago. He is the author of numerous books, including Reflections on Constitutional Law and Reflections on Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment.

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