I wanted to make a happy announcement. My book earned a paperback at Lexington, and I received it in the mail today. Much to my surprise, the publisher included an author interview in the back. The interview expands upon the book's thesis. The print quality throughout the book looks really great. I'm so happy at how wonderful the product looks. If any of you are thinking of publishing legal manuscripts, I hope you look at Lexington. They did an excellent job with this, and I am so happy right now. Please feel free to contact me if you are thinking of going in that direction.
Also, If any of you are looking for a fresh work in legal theory, you might want to consider the paperback for course adoption. It is now reasonably priced. I notice that many political scientists still talk of something they call "the legal model." It might be nice if students of these professors were also shown how the idea of legal judgments being artisan in nature would torpedo the thesis about "politics and attitudes." In other words, if law really is an artisan judgment (in the manner that Wittgenstein describes), the concern of scholars should shift from the affiliation of the judge or outcome to the quality of the intellectual judgment. A poor intellectual product is what threatens the Court much more than politics.
The other virtue of the book would be its exposure of originalism. Though I never say this, I think the book pretty much establishes that originalists are shallow-level thinkers when it comes to philosophy of law. In fact, it is the failure to think well that makes originalism quite intoxicating among the populous. I have yet to see one originalist show any flaw in the book regarding the numerous problems that occur in their thinking.
Anyway, I'm really psyched right now. Please excuse my exuberance for those who did not want to receive this mail. Thank you, and please remember to consider Lexington when shopping your legal manuscript.
The Flexible Constitution