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Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal

Robert A. Burt and Frank Iacobucci


The Supreme Court long considered its highest mission to be the protection of individual liberty from intrusion by government, but the court shifted its focus to social and economic equality. This book explores this shift and its implications, especially for the legal protection of the vulnerable. Crucial to the author's perspective is an unconventional view of the role of judges—not simply to decide disputes, but to promote a respectful dialogue leading to a genuine understanding between parties. The U.S. Constitution, through its interpretation by the U.S. Supreme Court, deals with the prote ... More

Keywords: Supreme Court, liberty, economic equality, social equality, vulnerable, legal protection, judges, disputes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300224269
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300224269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Burt, author

Frank Iacobucci, editor
Yale University