Common Good Constitutionalism: A Symposium

In 2020, Prof. Adrian Vermeule of Harvard Law School fired a broadside against originalism and the conservative legal establishment with an essay in The Atlantic. Prof. Vermeule built upon his essay with his new book Common Good Constitutionalism (Polity). We’re pleased to host a symposium on Prof. Vermeule’s book featuring a collection of James Wilson Fellows and Scholars. The aim of this symposium is to take seriously Vermeule’s challenge without any invective or cliche. We have gathered a cadre of writers broadly sympathetic to Prof. Vermeule’s articulation of the classical legal tradition’s understanding of law and morality as interwoven, even as these writers offer pointed critiques of the book. We hope you enjoy the series of reviews we have planned over the coming weeks.

Co-Founder & Editor, Garrett Snedeker

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