Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Joseph Ellin

Second Advisor

Dr. William Morrison

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom


Constitutional philosophy—that is, a theory or a framework of principles to guide constitutional interpretation —can provide us with significant insights into the hermeneutics of individual jurisprudence. In other words, the study of individual constitutional philosophy can help us understand the science of interpretation practiced by individuals. Therefore, despite the fact that Professor Robert H. Bork and Justice Hugo L. Black were born in different centuries and Bork never served as Supreme Court Justice while Black served for thirty-four years, I will address their respective constitutional philosophies to seek a better understanding of the hermeneutics practiced specifically by Bork and Black. (The terms "constitutional theory", "jurisprudence", and "constitutional philosophy" will be used interchangeably.)

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only