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  • Prof. Hadley Arkes on Life Talk – “The Moral Turn”

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Sep 14, 2017
    On Life Talk , a production of Sacred Heart Radio in Washington State, Prof. Hadley Arkes gives a behind-the-scenes look into his recent essay  in First Things, “The Moral Turn.”  Prof. Arkes discusses how he came to write the essay, the moral grounds of American jurisprudence,  and the contradictions in legal reasoning that arise when this is forgotten. Listen […] …
  • “Natural Justice and the Amistad”–Professor Justin Dyer in Starting Points

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Aug 28, 2017
    Justin Dyer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri and an Affiliated Scholar of JWI, recalls the oral argument of John Quincy Adams in the historic Supreme Court case of United States v. Amistad (1841). In a piece published at Starting Points, a journal of the Kinder Institute, Dyer explains Adams’s use of arguments based […] …
  • Prof. Hadley Arkes on The Mike Janocik Show – “The Moral Turn”

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Aug 18, 2017
    Prof. Arkes joined The Mike Janocik Show to discuss his recent essay in First Things,  “The Moral Turn.” Prof. Arkes examines the treatment of moral arguments by progressive and conservative lawyers, explains several schools of constitutional interpretation, and discusses what he describes as President Trump’s common-sense approach to the law. Listen to the Interview:   Audio courtesy […] …
  • The Seth and Chris Show – Prof. Hadley Arkes on Charlottesville and Free Speech

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Aug 15, 2017
    Prof. Arkes joined The Seth and Chris Show to discuss the protests in Charlottesville, VA and analogies to the Nazis who marched through Skokie in the late 1970s. Prof. Arkes examines the contradictory position of the ACLU in its defense of “the freedom to choose the Nazis” and outlines how those moral principles which underlie […] …
  • “What Fr. Arne Shaped”-Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 26, 2017
    Father Arne Panula, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, passed away on July 19, 2017 after several months’ battle with cancer. Fr. Arne was a humble servant of Christ and a beloved friend of Professor Hadley Arkes. In a memoir entitled, “What Fr. Arne Shaped” for The Catholic Thing, Prof. Arkes recounts Fr. Arne’s final […] …
The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790