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It will be argued that a solution to this problem of constitutional interpretation involves abandoning attempts to ascertain the meaning of the document as the sole means of using the Constitution.
Jurists who embrace textualism as the appropriate way to ascertain the meaning of a legal document need not abandon semantic theories that stress intentionality as an essential ingredient of meaning.
In Plato's Euthyphro, Socrates tries to ascertain the meaning of holiness and asks a religious expert, "Is something holy because the gods approve of it, or do the gods approve of it because it is holy?