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  • “Abortion as Anti-Law” – Hadley Arkes in National Review

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Nov 20, 2021
    In anticipation of the Dobbs v Jackson Woman’s Health Organization oral argument, JWI Founder and Director, Hadley Arkes opines on the real possibility the Supreme Court issues an opinion reshaping its jurisprudence on abortion in the print edition of National Review. Arkes, joined by Robert George, Ramesh Ponnuru, Michael Brendan Dougherty, and Carter Snead, contributed […] …
  • PODCAST: Judge Robert Conrad on John Fisher and Thomas More

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Nov 5, 2021
    Join JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and Intern Seth Root as they interview Judge Robert Conrad of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. They discuss his new book, John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads, and how the faith and integrity of these two men carried […] …
  • PODCAST: Michael Knowles on Speechless

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Nov 3, 2021
    Best-selling author Michael Knowles joined the Anchoring Truths podcast to discuss his new release, Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds. In the podcast, we discuss how conservatives should not expect to win the culture war by abandoning objective standards, how critical theory made its “long march through the institutions,” and the need for conservatives to adopt a […] …
  • VIDEO: Webinar on Dred Scott Case featuring Hadley Arkes, Mark Graber, and David Tubbs

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 29, 2021
    The National Association of Scholars hosted a webinar event with JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes, Prof. Mark Graber of the University of Maryland, and Prof. David Tubbs of King’s College. Moderated by Prof. Vincent Philip Munoz of the University of Notre Dame, Prof. Arkes, Prof. Graber, and Prof. Tubbs discuss the historical, jurisprudential, […] …
  • Bigotry, Time, and Moral Progress: A Review by JWI Affiliated Scholar Justin Dyer in the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 21, 2021
    JWI Affiliated Scholar and Fellowship Faculty member Prof. Justin Dyer reviewed Who’s the Bigot? Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law by Linda C. McClain in the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion. You can read the full book review here. Here is an excerpt from the book review: The implicit underlying moral […] …
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Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of natural rights of its members, and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790