The Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism is one of those rare works that leads us to face, at the center of law and legal thought, the largest questions about human life and human purpose. There is a special reader's shudder, a certain gestural shift in the chair, reserved for that moment of realizing where one is being led-not to the edge, but to the center, so that the questions become insistent, and whatever we and others say and do in the face of them becomes our response to them.
Vining, Joseph. "Theorists' Belief: A Comment on the Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism." Notre Dame L. Rev. 72, no. 1 (1996): 15-27. (In "H. Jefferson Powell on the American Constitutional Tradition: A Conversation," edited by T. L. Shaffer and J. H. Robinson. Notre Dame L.Rev. 72, no. 1 (1996): 11-88.)