There Is No Textualist Position: Why a Text Can Only Mean What Its Author Intends
Textualists – those who interpret the law or the Constitution by determining what its text meant when the statute or law was ratified – are wrong. The only true meaning of any text is the meaning that its author intends.
Fish, Stanley, "There Is No Textualist Position: Why a Text Can Only Mean What Its Author Intends" (2006). Sibley Lecture Series. Paper 10.
Renowned scholar Stanley Fish discusses the interpretation of text, The Advocate, Spring/Summer 2006, Vol. 40, No. 2
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Renowned legal and literary scholar Stanley Fish to deliver Sibley Lecture, Press Release, 2/22/06
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