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This article provides a nutshell description of the leading theories and identifies some of the leading theorists on the Constitution. The unit of currency here is the academic law review article, not the Supreme Court decision. The citations here provide illustrative examples of the vast body of literature. The discussion provides preliminary sketches of an intellectual landscape that is vast and often foreboding to the beginner. This article is organized around three basic interpretative questions: Who has the authority to interpret the Constitution? What are the legitimate sources of meaning for interpreting the Constitution? How is the Constitution interpreted within different theoretical approaches? The discussion then briefly identifies some of the basic tenets of the prominent contemporary schools of legal philosophy about the Constitution: liberal theory; conservative theory; feminist theory; critical race theory; and postmodern theory. Finally, a somewhat self-consciously introspective conclusion will ask rhetorically: does theory matter? (The answer is a faux-Zen bit of con law prof talk: It depends...)