Alexander M. Bickel, Political Philosopher

Robert H. Bork, Supreme Court Review 419 (1975).


It is hardly surprising that with his book The Morality of Consent Alexander M. Bickel moved from constitutional scholarship into explicit political philosophy. That would seem a natural, indeed almost an inevitable, progression for scholars of the Constitution. The wonder is less that Bickel developed in that way than that so many academic scholars of the Constitution do not. There is, of course, political feeling implicit in much constitutional writing, but too often it is disguised as legal analysis; it colors and distorts constitutional judgment rather than informing it.

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