116 Harv. L. Rev. 2387 (2002-2003)
The Absurdity Doctrine

handle is hein.journals/hlr116 and id is 2415 raw text is: THE ABSURDITY DOCTRINE
John F. Manning
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. ABSURDITY AND LEGISLATIVE INTENT ................................................................................ 2393
A. The Absurdity Doctrine and Strong Intentionalism ...................................................... 2395
B. Textualism     and Intent Skepticism .............................................................................. 2408
C. Textualism     and the Absurdity Doctrine .......................................................................... 2419
II. THE ABSURDITY DOCTRINE AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE ......................... 2431
A.  O riginal Structural Inferences       ......................................................................................... 2434
B. The Absurdity Doctrine and Modern Rationality Review ........................................... 2446
III. ALTERNATIVES TO THE ABSURDITY DOCTRINE .............................................................. 2454
A.  M  odern   Textual Interpretation ......................................................................................... 2456
i.  Statutory   Language     in  C ontext ................................................................................... 2458
2. Background Conventions and the Text ...................................................................... 2465
B .  C onstitutional   N orm  s ........................................................................................................ 2476
IV .  C O N C LU SIO N   .......................................................................................................................... 2485

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