First Principles

First Principles

The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas

by Scott Douglas Gerber

Published by: NYU Press

305 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780814731000
  • Published: April 2002


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814730997
  • Published: December 1998



Clarence Thomas is one of the most vilified public figures of our day. To date, however, his legal philosophy has received only cursory treatment. First Principles provides a portrait of Thomas based not on the justice's caricatured reputation, but on his judicial opinions and votes, his scholarly writings, and his public speeches.

The paperback edition includes a provocative new Afterword by the author bringing the book up to date by assessing Justice Thomas's performance, and the reaction to his decisions, during the last five years.