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Gary L. McDowell
University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 7/31/2008

"The Most Sacred Rule of Interpretation": The Language of Law and the Moral Foundations of Originalism

This project is an exploration of the philosophic and political grounds of originalism as a method of constitutional interpretation, beginning with the theories of language in the works of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke and ending with an analysis of the modes of interpretation in the jurisprudence of Justice Joseph Story and Chief Justice John Marshall (whose view that the judicial search for original intention is "the most sacred rule of interpretation" gives the project its title).