Revolutionary constitutionalism: Some thoughts on Laurie Ackermann's jurisprudence

This paper looks to Hannah Arendt's thinking about freedom and revolution to shed light on the "revolutionary jurisprudence" of South African Constitutional Court Justice Laurie Ackermann. As Arendt understands it, revolution is the coincidence of the idea of freedom and the experience of a new beginning. Arendt insists that only a government that harbors the revolutionary spirit can secure a stable space for freedom in the modern world. In asking what institutional spaces of exist that might preserve a space of freedom in modern society, Arendt settles upon the Constitution and its institutional Praetorian guard, the Supreme Court. And yet, Arendt argues that the democratic and scientific trends have eroded the Supreme Court's freedom have threatened to eradicate freedom from the American public sphere. The paper looks to Justice Ackermann's jurisprudence as a way to reinvigorate Constitutional jurisprudence as a space for freedom
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,613
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
The Lost Treasure of Arendt's Council System.James Muldoon - 2012 - Critical Horizons 12 (3):396 - 417.
Solitude and the Activity of Thinking.Roger Berkowitz - 2010 - In Roger Berkowitz, Jeff Katz & Thomas Keenan (eds.), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Jurisprudence, 2009-2010.David Brooke - 2009 - Routledge-Cavendish.
Arendt and Social Change in Democracies.Neve Gordon - 2001 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 4 (2):85-111.
Public Space.James Mensch - 2007 - Continental Philosophy Review 40 (1):31-47.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

8 ( #490,917 of 2,168,955 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #346,364 of 2,168,955 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums