Fraternity in Constitutional Interpretation

Constitutional meanings arise from intense political disputes that societies have maintained over time. From generation to generation, these founding texts provide provisional answers to those great questions on how to live together. However, this way of understanding constitutionalism us far from being accepted. Many academics argue that all political systems should stabilize certain normatvie contents, conceived as a set of ahistorical and pre-political claims that must rule the life of policital communities around the globe. Contrarily, this paper emphasizes that a pivotal feature of our constitutiona life consists in considering citizens as mediate authors in the institutional procedures that define what counts as a just order. The papers warns us that advocating for readings of our Constitution that trigger exorbitant recognitions of normative contents deprived from the value of having communal acceptance, might undermine our capacity to hold us together as a political community.