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San Diego Law Review

Authors

Roger S. Ruffin

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http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79122466

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Article

Abstract

In thinking about the Constitution, we should keep in mind the commonplaces that lace our thinking. We must keep them in sight at both levels: content and character, commonplace and commonplaceness–else their importance may escape us. Maitland’s view that "the history of law must be a history of ideas" is one such commonplace. Another was noticed by Edward Corwin: the "commonplace that every age has its own peculiar categories of thought; its speculations are carried on in a vocabulary which those who would be understood by it must adopt . . . ." These are tow of the commonplaces of our time, and if true they suggest tow related propositions.

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