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The Opposition, Intended or Real, of the US Constitution to Factions or Political Parties

David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown, Peter K. Schotch and Laura Byrne

in Logic on the Track of Social Change

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235309
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235309.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Opposition, Intended or Real, of the US Constitution to Factions or Political Parties

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This chapter applies the logic to give an account of how changes in rules are deliberated, which is often the route by which changes in settled social rules come in. It applies a rules-analysis to the relation between the Constitution and the operation of factions or parties. Rules-analysis will be used not just to express the intentions that Madison and others acted upon and invoked in their arguments, but also to express intentions that they forswore, and thus set forth a comparison of some significance, which raises important questions for historians: Why did Madison and the others consider some alternatives and reject them? Why did they omit to consider yet others?

Keywords: logic; rules; social change; Constitution; rules-analysis; Madison

Chapter.  9174 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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