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'''Purposivism''' is a theory of [[statutory interpretation]] that emphasizes the intent or purpose of the drafters of the legislation or constitution, as reflected in the legislative history.  In other words, purposivism relies heavily on statutory purpose in interpreting it.
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Purposivism is contrasted with the growing support for [[textualism]], which emphasizes the text of a statute rather than inquiring into its purpose.
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The leading precedent for purposivism is ''Holy Trinity v. United States''<ref>143 U.S. 457 (1892).</ref> "I tell my students that Holy Trinity Church is the case you always cite when the statutory text is hopelessly against you ...."<ref>Philip P. Frickey, From the Big Sleep to the Big Heat: The Revival of Theory in Statutory Interpretation, 77 Minn. L. Rev. 241, 247 (1992).</ref>
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Revision as of 18:22, 16 November 2007

Purposivism is a theory of statutory interpretation that emphasizes the intent or purpose of the drafters of the legislation or constitution, as reflected in the legislative history. In other words, purposivism relies heavily on statutory purpose in interpreting it.

Purposivism is contrasted with the growing support for textualism, which emphasizes the text of a statute rather than inquiring into its purpose.

The leading precedent for purposivism is Holy Trinity v. United States[1] "I tell my students that Holy Trinity Church is the case you always cite when the statutory text is hopelessly against you ...."[2]

References

  1. 143 U.S. 457 (1892).
  2. Philip P. Frickey, From the Big Sleep to the Big Heat: The Revival of Theory in Statutory Interpretation, 77 Minn. L. Rev. 241, 247 (1992).