The James Wilson Foundation on Natural Rights and the American Founding

Mere Natural Law Book Launch – May 2

by James Wilson Institute on May 5, 2023

We were pleased to host a special evening in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the release of Prof. Arkes’s latest book, Mere Natural Law. Prof. Arkes presented the core argument of his book and then sat down for a fireside chat with Judge Neomi Rao of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The evening was filled with a rich exploration of the natural law and the moral foundations of law.

We want to express particular gratitude to those who made the evening a success. Firstly, of course, we were grateful for Judge Rao’s participation in the evening and for helping to mark such a significant event. Secondly, we were grateful to the Hillsdale College Kirby Center for hosting us. And finally, we were grateful to have a film crew from CSPAN recording the evening.

A video recording will be available soon and will be posted here.

Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790