There Is No Textualist Position: Why a Text Can Only Mean What Its Author Intends

Stanley Fish, a nationally recognized legal and literary scholar, delivered the 101st Sibley Lecture at the University of Georgia School of Law on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom.

Event Date

March 2006


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.

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Renowned legal and literary scholar Stanley Fish to deliver Sibley Lecture, Press Release, 2/22/06

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