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Sanford Levinson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152400

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152400.001.0001

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The Law School, the Faith Community, and the Professing of Law

The Law School, the Faith Community, and the Professing of Law

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(p.155) Chapter Five The Law School, the Faith Community, and the Professing of Law
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Constitutional Faith
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Sanford Levinson

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152400.003.0006

The previous chapters traced some of the implications of treating law as a quasi-religious system. This chapter develops another aspect of the religious analogy through the self-conscious examination of tensions generated when one “professes” law, particularly in the institutional role of a “professor of law.” Only such an examination will allow us to decide whether an otherwise qualified individual should be hired to profess constitutional law. It considers the imagined application of one William Scheiderman to join a faculty of law. It argues that while law school may be aimed at a more adult clientele, the mixed and contradictory tasks of both generating autonomous adults and preparing them to reproduce the central institutions of the culture are no less present.

Keywords:   constitutional faith, civil religion, law professors, quasi-religious system, law school

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