This volume was inspired by a roundtable discussion on law and hermeneutics at the 1987 American Political Science Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Participants in that roundtable included Terence Ball, Gerald L. Bruns, Fred Dallmayr, and Michael J. Perry. The participants, as well as members of the audience, are thanked for their initial enthusiasm for the subject.Three of the essays in this volume have seen the light of day elsewhere. Permission to reprint these articles made it possible to include them alongside the original contributions of other authors. James Farr's "The Americanization of Hermeneutics: Francis Lieber's Legal and Political Hermeneutics " appeared in the Journal of Politics (52 : 1027–49). It is reprinted here with the permission of the University of Texas Press. Ken Kress's "Legal Indeterminacy and Legitimacy" originally appeared in expanded form in the California Law Review (77 : 283–337). It is reprinted with the permission of the author. Michael J. Perry's "Why Constitutional Theory Matters to Constitutional Practice (And Vice Versa)" was published originally in Constitutional Commentary (6 [Summer 1989]: 231–49) and is reprinted here with the permission of the author and Constitutional Commentary .Publication of a volume of this kind requires a considerable amount of cooperation, persistence, and patience. I wish to express my gratitude to each of the contributors for exhibiting these virtues and especially for their sustained commitment to Legal Hermeneutics .I have incurred a special debt to Terence Ball. Terry's constant interest in the volume and his timely encouragement, advice, and prodding made the task of editing these papers a less lonely affair than it might have been. I thank Terry for his support, criticisms, and friendship.
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