Society & Culture

  • “Counting Votes, Ignoring Science”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on November 18, 2020
    In this piece, JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes touches upon the election debacle before turning his attention to former Vice President Joe Biden and his declaration that his administration will respect the claims of “science.” Arkes points out that while the Democratic Party claims to be the party of science, their leading figures […]
  • “The ‘Settled’ Agony of the Hearings”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on October 20, 2020
    In this piece, JWI Founder and Director, Prof. Hadley Arkes addresses the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett. He points out that there were not always hearing for Supreme Court nominees in the past and elaborates that the hearings became far more frequent and contentious once the Supreme Court placed abortion laws […]
  • VIDEO: Natural Law and Originalism: In Concert or At Odds?

    by James Wilson Institute on October 19, 2020
    On October 16th, the American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies, in partnership with the James Wilson Institute, hosted a public webinar with Peter Wallison, Senior Fellow at AEI. Wallison was joined by JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes to discuss the basics of natural law, reflect on the coherence of originalism, […]
  • “What Hath Gorsuch Wrought?”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on October 13, 2020
    In this article, JWI Founder and Director, Prof. Hadley Arkes addresses the recent Bostock decision and its implications for the schools and families, who are just beginning to grapple with the brave new world of the transgendered after Justice Gorsuch’s opinion. Prof. Arkes points out that, despite what Gorsuch considered to be a very narrow ruling on […]
  • “President Trump and His Executive Order”: Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on October 6, 2020
    In this article, Prof. Hadley Arkes comments on President Trump’s recent announcement that he would enact a new Executive Order to enforce the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act, which had previously had its penalties stripped from it. Arkes was initially disappointed by the announcement, for Mr. Trump failed to make a connection between the Born-Alive and […]
  • VIDEO: Metaphysics of Bostock

    by James Wilson Institute on October 2, 2020
    Professor David Crawford Bostock Amicus Brief Co-Author Legal and Theological Scholar, Catholic University of America With commentary from JWI Director and Founder Professor Hadley Arkes On the eve of the start of the Supreme Court’s OT 2020, JWI had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with David Crawford of the John Paul II Institute who […]
  • LISTEN: Prof. Hadley Arkes on Sen. Hawley’s Judicial Strategy on Issues, Etc. Podcast

    by James Wilson Institute on September 8, 2020
    On September 3rd, James Wilson Institute founder and director Prof. Hadley Arkes joined the Issues, Etc. podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio. Prof. Arkes discussed his recent essay in Public Discourse, the Democratic track record on Roe v. Wade in Senate, “liberal” abortion extremism, and a proposed political and judicial strategy for Pro-Life Republicans. Listen […]
  • “Memories of Ralph and Lessons for Lawyers in Crisis”: Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    by James Wilson Institute on August 13, 2020
    In his column for The Catholic Thing, Prof, Arkes honors his late friend Ralph McInerny by drawing on McInerny’s explanation of natural law as “something your grandmother would understand.” Rather than being an esoteric theory, natural law is fundamentally about common sense propositions that your grandmother would have instinctually apprehended and that only a professional […]
  • “Scenes From A Revolution? After Bostock”: Gerard Bradley in the National Catholic Register

    by James Wilson Institute on July 30, 2020
    JWI friend and Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley argues in the National Catholic Register that Bostock v. Clayton County need not be understood as a sweeping, regime-altering decision, such as previous Supreme Court decisions like Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges. In Roe and Obergefell, the Court embarked on exercises of constitutional revision, […]
  • Jewish Pro Life Foundation Issues Statement Coauthored by Rabbi David Novak

    by James Wilson Institute on July 30, 2020
    James Wilson Institute friend Rabbi David Novak coauthored a recent statement by the Jewish Pro Life Foundation (JPLF) in response to the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) statement “The Jewish Case for Abortion Rights.” Rabbi Novak and his JPLF colleagues argue that a “right to abortion” finds no basis in the Torah and conflicts […]